The path to retooling the nation’s workforce and achieving a brighter economic future begins with ensuring every American completes a high school education — and the nation has made admirable strides toward that goal: There is increasing evidence that the nation might reach the once seemingly impossible milestone of 90 percent on-time graduation by the year 2020.
Even upon reaching that goal, though, hundreds of thousands of students will be left behind.
It is for these reasons that diploma attainment is no longer an education issue; it’s a $9 trillion economic crisis.
In partnership with economic and workforce development leaders across the country, Graduation Alliance is initiating the nation’s first Workforce Diploma program. Targeting working-age adults who exited high school prior to graduation, the Workforce Diploma is fully accredited, available entirely online and on-track to yield an ROI of more than 70:1.
Program participants must be willing and able to demonstrate a profound commitment to their personal advancement. Those who do will graduate the program with a high school diploma — not a GED — and will possess basic and skill-specific credentials, earn industry-based certifications and feel empowered to take on challenging, in-demand careers.
Education Crisis or Economic Catastrophe?
Graduation rates are soaring, but at a cost of $7.4 trillion in lost opportunities that can no longer be ignored. Download our whitepaper to learn more about the hidden costs to our nation of a 90% graduation rate.