According to the National Center for Educational Statistics the following is a list of what level of education means for employment opportunities in the United States.
Level of Education completed Percent employed
College and above 88%
Some college 77%
High School Diploma 69%
No high School Diploma 49%
These statistics don’t go into the skill training these workers received in addition to their formal education but in order to enter most trade or training schools a minimum educational level is a High School Diploma or a GED.
Many people without a High School Diploma get rejected for jobs, even at entry level positions. Because they are adults, they cannot right a mistake and go back to school to get their diploma. But there are viable solutions for people in this predicament. This is and important moment in the lives of these people.
A High School Diploma will eliminate the embarrassment of having to leave the box that asks if you have completed high school empty. That makes a huge difference.
A High School Diploma gives you the opportunity to apply to college or a career school.
A High School Diploma allows you to get job promotions where you were originally hired for a low level position where the diploma was not an issue. We have had several instances of this happening.
One very good solution and one that allows you to work at your own pace, is to obtain a State Approved diploma at an adult high school, and Liberty High School has been the key to thousands of bright futures. Adult is the operative word, as the Liberty program has been approved by the Vermont State Board of Education to offer such a path out of the dead end of having no diploma. A state approved diploma is essential.
Visit www.libertyhighschool.us to get more information.
This appalling statistic reveals one of the underlying reasons why so many young people can’t get job training. Yes, even though some of the jobs of the future do not require great technical expertise the companies won’t hire anyone without a high school diploma. For that reason, Liberty High School of Brattleboro, VT, a high school for adults, has had success turning around what would certainly be a dead end future.
Today, even the entry level jobs require a worker to be able to read and think and work a computer. Hiring someone without a high school diploma is risky business for a company. In fact, most companies today don’t even do the hiring themselves. They source out the job of hiring. These hiring companies won’t even consider someone for a job if he or she doesn’t have a high school diploma.
It’s extremely important to resolve this problem for anyone who wants to have a career and there are several options still available for those who make the commitment get this problem behind them.
We have, every day, emails, phone calls, and faxes from Education Verification Companies calling to verify a job applicant’s diploma or transcript. No matter the age or post secondary education one of our graduates has, it still is necessary to confirm completion of High School.
A High School diploma is now regarded as the minimum a person must have in order to obtain a job. The task of verifying this credential has fallen to verification companies. Seldom do we get a call from the company itself.
The high school diploma has taken on the same significance as a drivers license.
Our experience in dealing with a great majority of students who, for whatever reason, did not finish high school is that because they were falling behind at a very early age in grammar school they lost their desire or will to get “caught up” or, at least, seek help. The system of promoting students who have not mastered the basics, simply because the school must make room for the next class has severely shortchanged these students. Grammar and basic math were not fully absorbed and from that everything from then on became more and more difficult. The result was discouragement and a desire to drop out. All the ills that accompany that then proceeded to influence the student’s future prospects.
Liberty High School’s Diploma Program tries to put an emphasis on these basic skills but we are fighting against often years of neglect. Bright people with good attitudes hampered by the grammar school that did not serve them well. We should say couldn’t serve them well. Why? Because the educational system often considers the lower grades a training grounds for new teachers. When, if fact, some of the most skilled teachers should be teaching the grammar school students.
It is known that without a high school diploma is is extremely difficult to get a job. Even high school graduates have a difficult time getting a job if they don’t pursue some additional training.
A recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows what the unemployment rate is for dropouts.
Although the drop out rate has declined in recent years, it still is a major problem in the United States. But more so for those who don’t have a skill to market. You can’t get the training to become marketable without a high school diploma.
Starting almost 5 years ago we started getting more calls per day from former students needing us to send out their transcripts for jobs, and to schools. Many of these former students have already attended colleges and are working or attended trade schools and have a profession. Nevertheless, when they try to move to a different company or even move to a different division within the company where they work they are asked to produce a copy of their high school transcript. Usually signed and sent directly from us.
It is not going to change, companies are insisting on proof that a future employee show proof of graduation from high school.
Some experts say it’s a product of the information age. That is , information on a future employee now requires all the blanks be filled in. Job seekers should be ready.
Our experience must be repeated at every high school in this country. Hundreds of thousands of requests are made annually.
Our experience shows that the sooner a drop out from high school reenters the world of studies the easier it is. After ten years or so math, grammar and the sciences are very difficult to recover or even the whole habit of studying.
I am the mother of two sons with dyslexia. I know how hard it can be for bright and talented kids to earn their high school diploma when held back by learning disabilities. It is difficult for people to find their way through to success when they are up against so many obstacles. Peer pressure, anxiety, and negative labels: stupid, slow, lazy, just to name a few .
Now I am employed at Liberty High School as a Registrar. I get many opportunities to chat with people who have dyslexia, ADD, Autism to name a few . I really relate to these folks and they are often surprised that they are understood and empathized with.
When they entrust themselves or their children to our school we give them the help and care they deserve. Learning at home without any pressure of time and scrutiny often gives them the confidence to succeed with us. Many of these students go on to trade school or can elevate in their current job. We do have students who go on to higher education as well. Especially when they finished all four years of high school and then just couldn’t pass the states’ testing requirements at the end of the year.
It’s very fulfilling to our staff to help peoples with dyslexia and any number of learning disables students succeed. It is our main goal everyday.
Make a wise choice!
Our experience has been that some of our students call us only after they have been rejected for a job because they lack a high school diploma. ” I need it, I need it fast”. They then often make the mistake of going to a site that advertises a low cost quick diploma.
The diploma must be approved by a State Board of Education or it’s a waste of money. If a potential student is lucky, he or she will have several credits from a previous high school thereby reducing the amount of time needed to complete a program. Schools like Liberty High School grant full credit for all courses already passed at a licensed high school. But there is no getting around the fact that a student must complete all the required courses, whether through previous credit of by enrolling in a program like Liberty’s.
But if one has a job and does not need a high school diploma because he or she has a job, think again. How secure is our job?
Make a wise choice and get your diploma now.
In the USA today. and around the world, simply having your High School Diploma is not enough. You must train for a skill, be it in the trades, or computers or any number of skill sets that almost every business today demands.
In order to enter into these schools or training programs you will need, at minimum, a GED or High School Diploma.
We at Liberty High School, must get at least 10 requests per day from schools and companies, requesting transcripts and proof of graduation. This is now the norm. ten years ago it was the schools and certificate programs who needed proof of gradation. Now, just about every company hiring new employees will research the applications for jobs and follow up to prove graduation.
Schools like Liberty offer the chance for those who, for whatever reason, had not finished their high school education.