The Best Reason of All to Stay in School

Posted Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 by Allen B. Ury

UnemploydFor many young people, high school is a struggle. As a teenager, you can probably think of a dozen things to do with your day that are more fun than studying Shakespeare or discussing the causes of World War II. But if you’re thinking about dropping out, you might want to think again. A full 25 percent of high school dropouts 25 and older are currently unemployed.

Even as the economy improves, high school dropouts are still in deep, deep recession, according to The Wall Street Journal.* Since 2010, about 1.8 million college graduates have found work. But 128,000 high school dropouts lost their jobs during this same period, the Journal reports.

Why are high school dropouts struggling with unemployment more than other workers? Most experts point to the shrinking number of low-skill but good-paying manufacturing jobs that were once the foundation of the American economy. Today’s jobs require skills and education. For most people, this means finishing high school, getting a diploma and then going on to earn a degree or get job training at the college level.

Do anything less and your chances of living anything close to a comfortable life are slim, the Journal suggests.

Everest Prepares Students for Careers

High school graduates who are looking to qualify for rewarding careers but who don’t think they would do well in a traditional university or community college environment still have options. One of these is the Everest family of colleges, universities and institutes.

What makes Everest different from traditional college? For one, Everest focuses its programs on career training. The school offers diplomas and degrees in areas where, nationally, there remains demand for new employees, such as health care, technology, building trades and paralegal.

You don’t have to go to school for four years to graduate — or even two years. Many of Everest’s career training programs can be completed in as little as nine or 10 months.

Another difference: Everest offers small classes taught by industry professionals. As a student, you’ll get the personal attention and support you may need. You’ll also learn by doing thanks to Everest’s emphasis on hands-on training.

And when you graduate, you can get help getting the kind of job you’ve been hoping for with support from Everest’s Career Services professionals.

Want to Learn More?

Even if you’re still in high school, you can start planning your future today by contacting Everest. Talk to an Everest representative who can answer any questions you may have about degree programs, schedules, costs and even financial aid. (Financial aid is available for those who qualify.)

Get your future moving on the right track. Contact Everest today.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information please visit our website at

*Source: Wall Street Journal Online:

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