Having a high school diploma will open doors to your student’s future. Careers never imagined possible, start with your student’s high school diploma. There are many benefits to earning a diploma versus a GED – Better career opportunities, higher salaries, college opportunities, and most of all, seeing the pride in student!
BENEFIT #1 – Better Career Opportunities
Employers around the country are looking for educated and qualified workers. The pool of job applicants is large. With a high school diploma, your student will be better equipped and more competitive than students who have dropped out of school. No more competing for low wage, high turnover fast food jobs. With a high school diploma, your student will enter the workforce at entry-level positions in a field that complements their talents.
BENEFIT #2 – Higher Salary
Students who learn more, earn more! Your student has the potential to make more than minimum wage with a high school diploma and possibly be eligible for promotions and pay raises. On average, high school graduates will earn $150 – $185 more per week than high school dropouts and students with a GED versus a diploma.
BENEFIT #3 – College & Career Ready
A full high school diploma opens the door to many opportunities. Should your student choose to further their education at a two-year or four-year university, a community college, online university, technical program, or join the military, they must have a high school diploma (a GED provides fewer and limited options). By advancing to a college or career training education, graduates will have the opportunity for jobs that have higher salaries and competitive benefit packages.
BENEFIT #4 – Pride
Accomplishment equals motivation. The more they accomplish, the more motivated they are to excel, learn, achieve and grow as a person. New opportunities will be presented the further they go with their education – places and jobs they couldn’t even dream of without their high school diploma. Confidence and self-esteem are linked with an education level. Your student will be a positive role model for their children, their peers, and siblings. Graduating with a high school diploma is a major achievement – take pride in watching them set their eyes on the prize and achieve it!
“Thank you to Catapult Academy and Orange County Public schools, and our teachers who looked out for us and were there for us when we needed that extra push. There are so many more doors that have been opened for each and every one of us because we were given a second chance at getting our diplomas, when we thought that dropping out was our only option. I know that without the opportunity Catapult Academy gave me, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today.”
E.C., Valedictorian, Class of 2013
“Through the help of Catapult Academy. I received a full scholarship to college! To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Now, it’s our turn to change the world for the good!”