By JOTF on 7/22/2016

Guest Blog by Chandra Kring Villanueva 

Commentary by Lavanya Madhusudan, Policy Research Analyst


Not every student has the opportunity to complete high school.  Yet most job opportunities that pay a living wage or start individuals on a career path require a high school diploma.  Sooner or later, individuals who were unable to obtain a high school diploma find themselves in need of this important credential.  It is a first step towards economic mobility, financial security and professional success. 

The following story highlights the incredible impact that obtaining this essential credential can have on one individual.  This story is shared with permission from Chandra Villanueva, a fellow member of the Working Poor Families Project, which is a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies.


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