College is a good idea for some people, but the value is not the same for everyone. As Heather McDonald notes, the reality of getting a job in the North Dakota oilfields may be exactly what young people need:
Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every day and on time, not to mention how to get along with a boss and fit into an organization — as a communications and binge-drinking double major at Missoula State University, or as a mechanic fixing broken rig equipment? Too many high-school graduates are reflexively going to college as it is, without a clue what they are doing there or how to take advantage of higher education.
If college will bring value down the road, there is nothing keeping highly-functioning driven individuals from taking a break from the workforce in their 20s (or 30s or 40s) and getting some of the learning they missed.
Meanwhile, keep that rig running and I guarantee you’ll learn skills which will be of value to you for the rest of your life.