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High School Diploma

Common Sense with Vince

     You may have seen the latest news about Oklahoma's high school graduation rate.  It's terrible...among the worst in the nation. 1 in 4 Oklahoma kids won't finish school. 

   There's really no reason to not earn a high school diploma either on time or through the G.E.D. program.... especially when the alternative is to be labeled a 'drop out'... tantamount to being described as a 'loser.'

   Consider this: the unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma is in excess of 12% vs. 8% for High School grads and 2-3% for people with advanced degrees.

   Make no mistake about it - education pays... literally. Education pays.

Dropouts $471
High School Graduates $652
Some College $727
Associates Degree $785
Bachelor's Degree $1066
Master's Degree $1,300
Professional Degree $1,735

On an annual basis the differences are staggering.

Dropouts $24,492
High School Graduates $33,904
Some College $37,804
Associates Degree $40,820
Bachelor's Degree $55,432
Master's Degree $67,600
Professional Degree $90,220

 The lifetime value of an education is even more impressive.  Most of us will work for about 50 years after high school.   Over the course of a life time, you will earn as a: 

Drop Out $1,250,000
High School Graduate $1,700,000
College Graduate $3,000,000

   The best news of all is that a high school diploma is free... Oklahoma is one of the least expensive states in the nation to get an associates or bachelor's degree.

  If you have a son or daughter make sure they graduate high school. If you quit school it's never too late to go back and the payoff is huge. Not to mention the pride and satisfaction that will come with the diploma.

  For Common Sense, I'm Vince Orza.

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