On December 18, 2015, the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce presented the Worth County High School a check for $1500.00. The check was one of 6 in the past three years (totaling $9,000) that the Chamber Education Committee was able to present to the High School to be used to help encourage students to further their education after graduation.
The Chamber applied for, and received the $3,000.00 grant, for the past three years from the Georgia Partners for Excellence in Education. The money was used to hold mock interviews, introduce students to leaders and industry in their community, career days, and a tour of a technical school for students who may not otherwise get to visit a college campus.
With the growing number of businesses and industry requiring further education, the reality is, that not graduating high school is not an option. The below information on how the requirements in the labor force are changing is a startling reality check. We have included two excerpts that are from the Georgia Partners for Excellence in Educations report for things to look for in Education in 2015 (full report link is below).
“In 1973, 72 percent of jobs were classified as unskilled and available to individuals with a high school diploma or less. Many of these jobs provided a family-supporting salary, and people with just a high school diploma had opportunities to work their way into the middle class. By 2007, that number had dropped to 41 percent, and it is predicted that only 30 percent of jobs will require a high school diploma or less by 2018. Moreover, these jobs no longer pay wages that can support a family, and they can trap individuals in poverty.”
“In a survey of CEOs and college presidents on the success of high school graduates, 34 percent of employers declared the preparation of newly hired employees with only a high school diploma as “deficient.”. Of the employers surveyed, 49 percent noted that they anticipated requiring higher levels of education for most jobs, and another 60 percent indicated that more specific technical skills were going to be required over the next three to five years.”
One of the primary goals of our Education Committee is to Educate the public on the IMPORTANCE of students not only having a High School Diploma but furthering their education after High School. It’s WORTH the effort!