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  1. 1. Did you know… Created by Dan Blake Career Development Specialist Sonoma County Office of Education
  2. 2. 92% of middle school students say they will attend college… ¹
  3. 3. <ul><li>Of those students, only 32% know what classes are required in high school that would allow them to attend college. ¹ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Did you know…
  5. 5. <ul><li>93% of middle school students say there is “no chance” they will drop out of high school. ¹ </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>29% of Californians age 18-24 lack a high school diploma. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did you know…
  8. 8. <ul><li>Each year in the U.S., over 3.8 million young people leave the education system before receiving a high school diploma. ² </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>High school dropouts can expect to earn $462,000 less during their lives than high school graduates. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Did you know…
  11. 11. <ul><li>The U.S. loses $192 billion annually (or 1.6% of the GDP) as a result of 18-year-olds who do not complete high school. ² </li></ul>
  12. 12. Did you know…
  13. 13. <ul><li>High school dropouts account for almost half of the heads of households on welfare and 75% of the population in state prisons. ² </li></ul>
  14. 14. Did you know…
  15. 15. <ul><li>Increasing the high school completion rate by just 1% for all men ages 20-60 would save the U.S. up to $1.4 billion per year in reduced costs from crime. ² </li></ul>
  16. 16. Did you know…
  17. 17. <ul><li>When surveyed, the majority of high school dropouts say they began to “disconnect” in middle school or earlier. ³ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Did you know…
  19. 19. A 1999 study stated that… <ul><li>“ Few middle schools adequately address the career development of students despite evidence to indicate that it enhances academic performance, facilitates high school completion, and encourages postsecondary education.” 4 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Did you know…
  21. 21. <ul><li>The national average for the counselor to student ratio at the middle school level is 882 to 1. 5 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Did you know…
  23. 23. <ul><li>Many youth have already limited their career aspirations by the time they reach middle school largely due to sex-stereotyped views of occupations. 6 </li></ul>
  24. 24. Did you know…
  25. 25. <ul><li>In a recent survey of California community college students, 75% stated that they had not considered applying for a manufacturing job because the pay was too low. 7 </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Dow Chemical currently pays skilled workers up to $100,000, but a shortage of applicants has forced them to recruit most of their labor force from outside California. 7 </li></ul>
  27. 27. Did you know…
  28. 28. <ul><li>The average cost (in the U.S.) of a year of tuition, room, and board at a public university is $13,589. 8 </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>At some CSU schools, as many as 60% of incoming students enter “undecided” when asked to list a major and it is increasingly common for a “4-year degree” to take 6+ years to complete. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Did you know…
  31. 31. <ul><li>In 2006, 143,000 four-year degree holders enrolled in community colleges. 9 </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>When surveyed, more than half of these students said they were attending specifically to develop vocational skills. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Did you know…
  34. 34. <ul><li>In the U.S., 20% of 26-year-olds live at home (in Great Britain their called KIPPERS: K ids I n P arents P ockets E roding R etirement S avings). 10 </li></ul>
  35. 35. Did you know…
  36. 36. <ul><li>Students with access to career information resources & programs and who make the connection between their academic coursework & future goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Increase their self-esteem & career maturity levels </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate better classroom attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Are more likely to enroll in algebra or higher-level math courses in high school </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in more A.P. classes </li></ul><ul><li>Earn higher test scores on the ACT exam </li></ul><ul><li>Are more likely to graduate from high school </li></ul><ul><li>Are more likely to complete postsecondary education </li></ul><ul><li>Are more likely to succeed in the workplace ²/ ¹¹ </li></ul>
  37. 37. Now you know.
  38. 38. Citations <ul><li>¹National Association of Secondary School Principals and Phi Delta Kappa International. A Voice from the Middle. NASSP Reports, May 2007. (Poll conducted by Harris Interactive). </li></ul><ul><li>²America’s Career Resource Network (ACRN) </li></ul><ul><li>³Rotermund, S. (May 2008). “When Do California Students Drop Out of School?” California Dropout Research Project. Internet: </li></ul><ul><li>4 O’Brien, K.M., et al. (March 1999). Broadening career horizons for students in at-risk environments. The Career Development Quarterly, 47. Alexandria, VA: National Career Development Association. </li></ul><ul><li>5 Emerson, A. “Career Planning Misconceptions.” (April 2008). Internet: </li></ul><ul><li>6 Guss, T.O. and Adams, L. “Gender Orientation and Career Maturation among Rural Elementary School Students.” 1998. (ED 417 364) </li></ul><ul><li>7 Stewart, J.M. (October 2006).“School should prepare students for real-world jobs.” Internet: </li></ul><ul><li>8 Newsweek magazine (July 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>9 Stewart, J.M. (November 2007). “Tech ed neglect puts state in a jobs crisis.” Internet: http://www/ </li></ul><ul><li>10 Time magazine (January 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>¹¹Hughes, K.L. and Karp, M.M. (2004). School-Based Career Development: A Synthesis of the Literature. Internet: </li></ul>