s Other Than Academic Degrees Have Labor Market Value
A federal study released in 2014 - Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012  - found that 25% of adults in the United States have professional certification, license, or education certification. Authors conclude that overall, people working full-time with these credentials earned more than those without.
This alternative pathway is included in studies examining early college high school and dual enrollment  and is a trend to follow as more data is collected on long-term impacts.
 Ewert, S. & Kominsky, R. (2014) Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012 http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/files/p70-138.pdf
 Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M., Yuan, X., & Harrell, A. (2013, December). Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates-Fall 2007 Cohort (Signature Report No. 6). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.