Here are some steps you can take to achieve in school and beyond:
- Reach High – Here are the facts: In Louisiana, the unemployment rate among high school dropouts is 19% as compared to 4% for students who graduate from college and complete some form of postsecondary education. Students who complete high school and have some form of postsecondary training earn an average of $41,238 – twice as much as a high school dropout. Persons with at least a Bachelor's degree earn a mean income of $75,111.
- Challenge Yourself – Push yourself to do well in school. Don't take the easy way out. Sign up for tough courses, especially math and science. Seize every opportunity to learn more. If you're not being challenged or don't see the connection between your future and what you're learning in school, talk to your family, teacher or counselor.
- Start Planning Now – Download this "Louisiana Career Planning Guide," or go to LA ePortal.com and KnowHow2GoLouisiana.org and begin to plan for life after high school. Explore the pathways you can take now that will lead you to the life you want down the road. Continuing your education beyond high school is an important key to your success. Think about the kinds of jobs you might want after you graduate. Make sure you understand what kind of postsecondary education and training you will need to get there—community college, university or career technical training. Talk to your family, school counselors and friends so they can help you plan your path to success.
- Tap Every Resource - Don't let financial limitations keep you from pursuing your postsecondary dreams. There are both local and national student resources available to help you plan your way to graduation, postsecondary education, and career.
If you have other recommendations about how Louisianians can get involved and improve education in our state, please contact us.