College is worth it, right?

Letter to the editor published by East County Californian, July 17, 2019
Robert “Bob” Ayres

Let’s face it: college is expensive.

As the East County Californian has rightly noted in numerous articles in recent years, a whopping $1.5 trillion in student loan debt sits on the shoulders of some 44 million borrowers – or an average of $34,000 in debt.

It’s no wonder college enrollment has declined nationwide by about 1 million students since 2011 or why free college tuition platforms touted by presidential candidates grabs the attention of so many young voters.

A recent Forbes article put this cultural concern bluntly: “Is College Worth It?”

Such a grim question for folks, like me, who work to support a growing healthcare workforce in constant need for qualified medical professionals. Read more…

About Bob Ayres 

Bob Ayres is a retired banking executive with 48 years of experience in both public and private-sector banking and construction financing and management. He is a resident of El Cajon and is a graduate of San Diego State University and Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Banking. He joined the Grossmont Healthcare District board in 2010 and currently serves as Treasurer.