Having a high school diploma makes a big difference when it comes to finding job. In Florida, efforts are being made to not only help students graduate, but to also make them career ready. The WFSU-TV documentary The Graduation Gateway explores the economic challenges facing dropouts. Employers explain why they tend to not hire high school dropouts. Schools talk about what they’re doing to get more students to graduate. We also look at the recent surge of students entering “Career Academies” in Florida. Right now, 18% of all public high school students in the state are making the decision to train for specific careers before many can legally drive a car.
The Graduation Gateway covers a lot of important elements on a very broad subject. But we’re not done yet. More videos about the Students, the Schools and the Career Academies are in production and will be seen here soon.