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Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States. Research has shown the consequences for these individuals throughout their lifetime and the U.S. as a whole.

For Individuals:

  • Dropping out negatively affects a student's self esteem and psychological well-being.

  • In 2001, 45% of adults who dropped out of high school were unemployed, compared to 26% of high school graduates and 13% of graduates from a four-year college.​

For the U.S.:

  • Students who drop out are much more likely to rely on welfare and public services.

  • Students who drop out are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated during their lifetime.

  • Dropouts cost the U.S. more than $260 billion in lost wages, tax revenue, and productivity over their life times

There are many ways for individuals of all ages to continue learning and acquiring new skills. Research has shown that vocational training offers numerous benefits for individuals and their families. 

Short-term benefits

  • Better chances of employment 

  • Higher earning levels

  • Increased job satisfaction

Long-term benefits

  • Improved flexibility and mobility

  • Lifelong learning

Additional benefits

  • A positive influence on child education in families

  • Mental, health and societal benefits

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