Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school.
This statistic drives the work of CISGC. It is estimated that one-third of high school students in America won't graduate on time. For those never making it to graduation, they will roughly $200,000 less than high school graduates and about $1.4 million less than college graduates over their lifetime. The cost to society from dropouts in the class of 2010 alone will cost the U.S. more than $337 billion in lost wages, $17 billion in health care costs, and $8 billion each year in costs and lost revenue due to crime.*
In West Virginia, the impact of student drop-outs is equally significant. Each class of dropouts costs West Virginians more than $55 million in lifetime health care costs. If the state’s male high school graduation rate would increase by just 5%, West Virginia’s economy would receive nearly $36 million in reduced crime spending and increased earnings annually.** By helping students be active participants in the classroom from their first day of kindergarten to graduation, we are able to improve the lives of the students, their families, and the community at large.
*Alliance for Excellence Education, "Healthier and Wealthier," 2006; "Paying Double," 2006; "Saving Futures, Saving Dollars," 2006.
**WVDOE site: Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Community Dialogue