A GPS for Their GPAs and JOBs

Never has the information in LearnDoEarn been more important. Widely referenced studies indicate:

• By 2020, some level of college will be required for most available jobs (75 - 85 percent).
• Employers consistently reject individuals who have only high school diplomas.
• Industry certificates often take only one year to earn, and can pay off more than some four-year degrees.
• Individuals with Associate’s Degrees can earn double the income of, and individuals with Bachelor’s Degrees can earn one million dollars more than, high school graduates.
• Over 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs will require one year of education beyond high school and an industry credential.

Yet discussions with teachers from all but top-performing schools indicate that on any given day, about 75 percent of students have not done their homework. In schools all over the country, students rack up double-digit absentee numbers and still receive academic course credit. These tolerant policies, often the result of social pressure and not grounded in research, do not create cultures of high expectations in schools, nor prepare students for the worlds of college and work.

Because many students don’t work hard enough in high school, almost half (45%) of community (junior) college students, and 27% of students in four-year institutions, drop out after one year. That level of failure costs parents thousands of dollars and will continue to impact the economic climate. The United States will need 22 million new workers with college degrees by 2018 but will miss that mark by 3 million. Jobs will go overseas.

Even the Armed Forces are being impacted by the underperformance of high school students. About 75% of students who attempt to enlist in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard are rejected, most because they are academically unprepared. Having moved from mechanized to high-tech computerized organizations, only the most qualified are accepted into what used to be a young adult’s ‘back-up plan.’

The tight connection between high school achievement (in terms of the rigor of courses taken and grades received) and college degree attainment and employment opportunities is not well understood by most high school students and their parents. And that is the mission of LearnDoEarn: to reduce the level of underperformance of middle and high school students.

LearnDoEarn combines data from top-shelf academic research with information from business to bring students to the inescapable conclusion that they have no choice but to work hard, following unequivocal academic roadmaps delivered by LearnDoEarn curriculum and activities. LearnDoEarn is uniquely designed to make sure students are college- and work-ready.

For more information about the need for LearnDoEarn, check out the LearnDoEarn Research Library.