What?s so important about having a high school diploma? According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, high school graduates earn approximately $200 more per week than those who don?t hold a diploma. That computes out to an additional $10,000 a year in earnings -- or more than $200,000 in additional earnings over the course of your working lifetime.
Let?s be frank: even if you\'re just a little shy on credits for your high school diploma, or you need to hunker down and complete a full General Educational Development (GED) certificate, you may have run out of excuses. Don?t have time to attend a school because of an active family or work life? Many local school districts and adult schools offer GED programs online, in web-based tutorials through video classes, or via correspondence schools. You can study when you want and make continuous progress without disrupting your schedule.
Dropouts Can Drop Right Back In
Another advantage to completing your GED and earning a diploma is that you?ll be qualified to take college courses to further increase your earning power. The BLS reports that high school grads who take some college classes, earn about $300 more per week than those without high school diplomas. When you consider the opportunity to complete a college degree and earn even more, it just makes sense to get your GED now.
Most people teaching and administering campus-based and online GED programs appreciate your situation, understand the difficulties faced by returning students, and mold their programs to make you comfortable and confident.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/cps/wlf-table17-2005.pdf
Publish date: February 10, 2011