Why It’s Never Too Late to Earn Your High School Diploma

Why It’s Never Too Late to Earn Your High School Diploma

Are you considering going back to school to earn your high school diploma? This is a fantastic choice! Too many adults hesitate because they feel like it is unnecessary, or it is impossible. Both of these ideas are wrong. It is both necessary in today’s workforce to be a high school graduate, and it is possible to go back as an adult to earn your diploma. The question to ask yourself today is: what are you waiting for?

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You are Not Alone

One of the reasons adults hesitate to go back for their high school diploma is that they feel like they are the only ones. Adults mistakenly believe they are the only ones who didn’t finish high school, so they worry they will be the only adults in a high school diploma preparation course. This is also false.

There are 34 million adults in the United States ages 18+ who do not have a high school diploma. Moreover, 30 percent of those living at or below the poverty level do not have a high school diploma. If you feel like you are the only one, you are not.

Plus, as the popularity of high school diploma preparation courses and adult education classes grows, more adults are working towards obtaining their diplomas later in life.

Adult Learning Courses are More Flexible

When people think of attending education classes or college, they typically picture an inflexible school calendar with hours that are not feasible with their work or family lives. While traditional high schools and secondary schools follow a strict calendar and daily schedule, adult learning courses are much more flexible. For example, LA ORT works strategically to ensure adult students can take classes at convenient times and complete their programs in as little time as possible.

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There are Excellent Reasons for Earning Your High School Diploma as an Adult

Now that we’ve established that it is possible to earn your high school diploma no matter how old you are let’s talk about why you should.

College Admittance – If you hope to attend college, you need a high school diploma.

Better or New Career – If you want a better career or you simply want to switch career fields, you need to obtain your high school diploma. With a diploma, you will likely stay stuck in the same position without career advancement. Plus, as World Education reports, “By 2020, 65% of all U.S. jobs will require education or training beyond high school.”

Higher Salary Potential – The more degrees you earn, the more money you earn. According to World Education, “Full-time workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma. If they have some college, but no degree, their median earnings are $13,000 higher at $35,000, which increases to $40,000 for people with an Associate’s degree.”

Finally, obtaining your high school diploma will give you a sense of pride and allow you to be a role model for those who come behind you.

LA ORT Can Help You Reach Your Goals

LA ORT’s High School Diploma Prep Program is designed for adults wanting to pursue a college education. Our unique program, which partners with a private accredited high school, will help you receive credit for the courses you already took and passed, as well as prepare you to take and pass the required high school diploma assessments. What’s more, it could be of no cost to you, if you decide to pursue your Associate Degree program at LA ORT. LA ORT can help you reach your goals – no matter your age. Visit www.LAORT.edu or contact us today at (800) 998-2678 to learn more.