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SXSWedu 2015

The H.S. Drop-Out Crisis - a National Epidemic

40-45 million people in the U.S do not have a high school diploma. Why should we care? Why is a diploma so important? What barriers exist? How can we work together to re-engage people in education to prepare them for success in the workforce? Hear from students who have succeeded despite challenges in going back to school and hear from partners who have changed lives by providing opportunities to re-engage adults in education --- delivering the diploma (and career certificates) in a unique way.

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  1. Raise awareness of the issue including high level data about numbers of high school drop-outs and the associated high costs on the community; and about the real life positive benefits of a diploma – both from an economic and personal standpoint.
  2. Share a solution that breaks down physical, financial and educational barriers to deliver the skills and education needed to succeed in the workplace. To-date the program includes more than 2,200 students; hear more from students and partners.
  3. Encourage dialog among attendees. Engage audience to incite new ideas around existing challenges and inspire greater success in addressing the drop-out crisis to improve lives through re-engagement in education.



Lindsay Stanley, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cengage Learning

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Continuing Education & Workforce Development
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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