My children and I all have college educations and I do not regret for one minute the expense and experience. I have always worked in my chosen medical field. One of the kids does not but would not have the job she does without that degree even if it is not what she studied for. Several of the grandchildren are college graduates and a couple are not. Some are just not cut out for college and I respect that. Trade schools are wonderful opportunities. Some are not cut out for that either. There are jobs out there that do not require more than a high school diploma. You just must be drug free and be willing to show up and show some enthusiasm for the work. The work ethic is basically something that needs to be taught in the home regardless of education.