March 22 - Speaking at a CGI event at Arizona State University, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says education ''remains the route out of poverty and into a better life with a rising income.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative event on Saturday, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to students about education, which she says "remains the root out of poverty and into a better life with a rising income." "Education still remains the key to unlocking opportunity for individuals, for families, communities, and even countries," Clinton said. She was speaking in the second day of what is known as the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, held this year at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. She discussed the difficulty young people with a college degree face when searching for a job, comparing those with a high school degree, to those with a college degree. "The unemployment rate for young college graduates is over eight percent. That's about a point and a half higher than the national average for all workers. But if you're looking for a job without a high school degree, it gets so much harder. The unemployment rate there soars to 26 percent," the former Secretary of State said. But that wasn't to say college degrees are the only path to a successful career, according to Clinton. "How do we say that a four-year college is not the right path for everyone, and in fact, there are lots of important jobs to be done that may not require a college degree, but that require respect for the dignity of the work that is being done. How do we support our community colleges...and get back to really respecting vocational and technical work?" The CGI U meeting brings together promising students from around the world who have made "Commitments to Action" in areas such as environment and climate change, and peace and human rights, according to the CGI U website. Some $750 (USD) has already been made available to some of this year's select students who are committed to implementing CGI U's focus areas. The gathering gives students an opportunity to meet with their peers to collaborate, as well as to hear from industry experts.