Nationwide THREE out of every TEN students in America's public schools fail to finish high school.

In some areas served by WGVU, the dropout rate exceeds 25%. The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that high school dropouts from just one year cost the U.S. $329 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity. Dropouts are more likely to be incarcerated, to rely on public programs and social services and to go without health insurance. Despite these facts, area educators are working hard to help all students graduate.

This WGVU Public Media project uses on-air messages, programming and community events to increase the awareness of the causes and ramifications of a high dropout rate, to mobilize community members to actively support at-risk students and to promote or provide pathways to existing community resources.
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Get Your Diploma. Get Your Dream. is part of American Graduate:
Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

American GraduateCPB National Center for Media Engagement

Local Partners
Celebration! Cinemas Kent ISD Grand Valley State University WGVU Engage
grps United Way Schools of Hope Schools of Hope
On the Border Hispanic Center Kids Food Basket Kids Food Basket
Boys Club and Girls Club Dr DF Arnold Logo 211 Logo PNC Bank
For more information about this project, please contact Steve Chappell at