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High School Diploma At Home? Distance Learning Programs Make It Happen


Distance learning schools are becoming an increasingly popular way for adults to get a high school diploma at home and take a step toward personal and financial gain.

St. Albans, VT, May 26, 2009 – Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. do not have a high school diploma, and an additional 400,000 students dropped out of school during the 2007-2008 school year.

Yet the U.S. Department of Commerce reports that more than 80 percent of 18-24 year olds who dropped out of high school will eventually go on to hold some type of high school credential.

Distance learning high school diploma programs are now providing these individuals with a convenient, new opportunity to get the high school diploma that eluded them in the past.

“More and more people are realizing the monetary and personal benefits of having a high school diploma or equivalent,” said Michael Boulay, Vice President of Student Services for distance learning school Stratford Career Institute.

“We have definitely seen an increase in the number of students interested in furthering their education with our high school diploma program.”

Stratford Career Institute is not alone. According to the United States Distance Learning Association, the number of students enrolling in distance learning programs continues to grow. The USDLA estimates that more than 2.3 million students will take distance learning courses in the next few years.

In general, distance learning schools allow individuals to study at home at their own pace. With the ability to study at home, students can keep their current job and don’t need to worry about transportation or getting to a class on time. Most distance learning schools offer a combination of at-home and online learning in a variety of career fields.

A recent survey by an online distance learning school reported that 90 percent of U.S. adults feel that furthering their education can increase their earning potential and opportunity for promotion.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau support this belief, since in 2006, high school graduates made $10,198 more than non grads.

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