The facts...

  1. 69% of seniors who graduate from public and not-for-profit colleges and universities had student debt.
  2. The average student loan debt is almost $29,000.
  3. Millennials make up about 40% of the unemployed in the U.S.
  4. Almost 14% of 18-29 year-olds are out of work.
  5. The Greater Hickory Metro Area is the 8th largest manufacturing MSA in the United States and the largest in the Carolinas.
  6. There are currently over 3,000 open manufacturing jobs in the Greater Hickory Metro.
  7. The majority of manufacturing jobs are skilled positions.