Besides, having more education generally means a more comfy job, even if at less money than your blue collar counter-parts.
I am working on finishing a 2 year, and having a kid and needing to work full time has made it very difficult. Sure the wife works and stuff, but neither of our incomes alone would cut the bills. I was very lucky things worked out the way they did (long story about our work schedules) because with most jobs, I could not have gone to school period.
Besides, a lot of people who land good paying jobs out of pure luck seldom get to keep them. At a factory, they LOVE to fire and lay off people.
Don't sacrafice a better education for some job that is easy come, easy go. As far as them paying a ton extra for holidays or weekends, how long do you think they will stick to that policy? Some new big boss could come in anytime and do away with that.
If nothing else, at least you now have an associates. Even with that, you can earn more than $8 an hour.
Most important - always be careful with your money. It doesn't mean anything to earn a healthy amount of money if you are STILL always broke. Kinda like some of those couples who earn close to 6 figures but never have a dime in their pocket.