High School Drop Outs

Local and national organizations are collaborating to bring an online diploma program for high school dropouts to Pittsburgh.

Seventy local youths ages 18-24 will be recruited by Garfield Jubilee Association to enroll in one of eight courses of study: childcare education, office management, security services, homeland security, transportation services, professional skills, retail customer service and food customer service.

According to the state Department of Education, a high school dropout earns $1 million less than a college graduate over a lifetime, so to aid students in the long run Pennsylvania school districts were invited to participate in a new voluntary program aimed at preventing middle schoolers from developing habits that could eventually lead to them dropping out.  

35 school districts and charter schools in 23 counties will participate in the Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog for this school year.

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The stereotypes about adults seeking GED certification can be ugly and simplistic. But the reality is that many lack a high school diploma for reasons largely outside their control: health problems, family issues and immigration status, just to name a few.

Some, like Rebekah Petrakovits, were home-schooled without proper oversight from school officials who were supposed to monitor their progress.

Latino Graduation Rates Subject of PA Summit

Oct 18, 2013

While 83 percent of Pennsylvania students as a whole graduate high school, one in three Latino students drops out of school.

That’s according to a new Graduation Nation report from America’s Promise Alliance, the country’s largest coalition of educators, businesses, nonprofits and policy makers focusing on improving academic achievement.

Report: Higher Graduation Rates Equal Lower Crime Costs

Sep 23, 2013

Pennsylvania could save as much as $737 million in annual crime costs if the male high school graduation rate increased by 5 percent. That’s according to a report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Nationally, annual savings could total $18.5 billion.

Research from the Department of Justice shows that 67 percent of inmates in state prisons, 56 percent of federal inmates and 69 percent of inmates in local jails did not complete high school.

Phase 4 Learning Center

Phase 4 Learning Centers are often referred to as last chance high schools by many, but to Phase 4’s founder, Terrie Suica Reed, it’s also their best chance for many troubled students to find success in their high school careers.

Though many students who come into her program come from broken homes or are even homeless, Reed stands firm in her belief that “with the right support, the right network, they can do anything they want to do.”