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“High School is Just the Beginning.” Q&A With Fanuel Abraha

Fanuel Abraha is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He also has big dreams and a clear plan to achieve those dreams. Fanuel was featured in our latest #CredentialEssential campaign video about the success of the Edmonds School District in enrolling students into education and training programs after high school.

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Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment: Edmonds SD Case Study

High school students in Edmonds School District graduate at a higher rate than their peers statewide. They also enroll in post-high school education at much higher rates. Targeted supports, guidance, and partnerships are helping to drive this out-sized success. Learn more about where Edmonds SD excels in a new case study as part of our Credential is Essential series.

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24-credit diploma provides opportunity, flexibility

Washington’s middle and high school students will graduate into an economy full of opportunity, with more than 740,000 job openings coming in the next five years. A key component of a meaningful diploma is the 24-credit graduation requirement.

It is intended to ensure all students take a high school course of study that will prepare them for education beyond high school and their future careers.

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Parent Voices: “Education Opens Doors”

Why do education and high expectations matter to Washington parents?

“Freedom of education opens doors in the future,” said Brandon, a Kent School District parent.

“Education and lifelong learning are going to get you where you really want to go,” said Christina, a North Thurston School District parent.

“It’s important to me that my kids get a quality education because it’s setting them up for success with the rest of their life,” said Julie, a parent in the Kent School District.

These are just a few of the reasons that parents shared for placing a high value on education for their students.

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“College is an Opportunity”

The word “college” means different things to different people.

For some, college means a 4-year experience at a large university. For others, it means pursuit of an associate’s degree or a credential earned through community or technical college.

Whatever college means for you, one thing is true: completing a post-high school education or training program and earning a credential is essential, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Students with a credential will earn nearly $1 million more in their lifetime. They will also open the door to the more than 700,000 job openings coming to Washington state by 2021.

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