How Online High School Can Benefit Your Learners
Posted by Des Sinkevich on December 21, 2021
While there are a variety of programs that can help dropouts and adult learners earn a diploma or GED, many require attending scheduled classes or completing their studies on a timeline that can interfere with work – leaving these adult students to choose between their income and their education. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By offering an opportunity to finish high school online, employers can improve employee retention and create a talent pipeline for future skilled roles. These benefits don’t just apply to employers. Higher education institutions can see increased matriculation through high school diploma programs.
4 benefits of offering high school completion programs to workers
- Increased employee retention. Education benefits are proven to increase employee retention, with research finding that retention increased at least 20-40% for workers participating in a program. By offering the opportunity to finish a high school diploma, you’re not only encouraging employees to stay with your company – you're building their confidence in their skills and investing in the future of your business.
- Decreased turnover. Amid a historic shift in labor and the workforce, the Great Resignation has seen more workers than ever voluntarily leave their jobs behind for new and better opportunities – this cost of turnover can be devastating. However, by investing in employee education and growth, you encourage workers to stay – after all, they want to finish their high school diploma.
- Lower recruitment costs. With higher retention and reduced turnover rates, it makes sense that recruitment costs would be significantly lower. On average, it can cost a company at least $4,000 per new hire. If you’re in an industry that regularly deals with high turnover – for example, in restaurants and foodservice, turnover has hit a historic high of 130% post-pandemic – constantly recruiting and replacing workers can add up, negatively impacting your bottom line.
- Improving higher education opportunities for your employees. Businesses aren’t the only ones that benefit from offering high school diploma opportunities. For higher education institutions, from trade and technical schools to four-year colleges, implementing a high school completion program can increase matriculation and graduation rates over time. Northwest Career College offers a perfect example of how high school completion leads to higher enrollment. After implementing a program that utilizes Penn Foster’s accredited high school, Northwest saw a 336% increase in enrollments and an 85% increase in matriculation into the college.
How to implement a high school completion program
After finding your trusted high school diploma partner, the next steps include effective marketing and awareness campaigns. This includes newsletters, emails, and, for schools looking to attract new students, online ads. Once your program is in place, taking advantage of the support and services offered by your provider is essential to success. With Penn Foster, partners and their learners have access to customizable student success plans, study and note-taking guides, webinars, and instructors.