Just 81% of young people who entered the 9th grade in 2009 graduated within four years. While this represents significant progress in raising the national graduation rate, there is still work to be done. About 1 out of 5 high school-aged students do not graduate on time. This equates to approximately 2.7 million 16 to 24 year-olds out of school and without a high school diploma. Among this student population are disproportionate numbers of students of color, economically disadvantaged youth, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.
The high school diploma, while a vital step in earning an education, is not enough in today’s economy to ensure a self-sustaining career. For those who are unable to pursue education beyond earning their diploma, career opportunities are limited. The unemployment rate for individuals with only a diploma is nearly triple that of individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree.
Gateway to College National Network partners with school districts, colleges, and communities to provide a pathway to a high school diploma and meaningful postsecondary credentials. Please join us in supporting Gateway students on this journey. Give Change, and give a second chance.