High school graduation is a strong predictor of future quality of life. For many, it marks entry into postsecondary education. For those who don’t graduate high school, a future of lower earnings and higher unemployment is likely. A 2009 Northeastern University study found each dropout costs our society ~$260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity. Dropouts are also more likely to be arrested or to have a child while still a teenager, creating additional financial and social costs.
While we should applaud the continued rise in graduation rates, too many of today’s graduates simply cannot meet local workforce demands. A regional talent study found a need for 25,000 degreed and/or credentialed candidates to fill gaps in key growth sectors by 2018. Businesses and schools working together to offer apprenticeships, internships and other practical work experiences can help students to graduate prepared for success in the modern workforce.
What We’re Doing
The High School Graduation Network, which is convened by The Boeing Company, is comprised of community members who are committed to improving the on-time graduation rate in our region and ensuring students are ready for college or a career in the modern workforce.
As high schools in the tri-county area work to increase the college and career readiness of their graduates, one school in particular – Cane Bay High School – has met the 10 pillars of a successful school, resulting in an environment where the school is the core of the student’s life. Cane Bay High School has implemented or addressed what the experts say is a holistic and comprehensive approach to education, and the data show better-than-expected performance.
Click here to read a report explaining Cane Bay High School’s 10 Best Practices.
Click here to watch a video of Dr. Lee Westbury, Executive Director of Secondary Programs for Berkeley County School District, explaining the school’s 10 Best Practices.
On-time High School
While we should applaud the continued rise in graduation rates, too many of today’s graduates simply cannot meet local workforce demands.