May 10, 2017 - by Haley Carwile

McDonald’s and ed2go award 100 diplomas through Career Online High School

Amid political pressures to raise federal minimum wages and create more US-based jobs, multinational companies like McDonald’s have stepped up to the plate to address an issue that impacts communities everywhere: low high school graduation rates.

The statistics are jaw-dropping. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 40 million adults in the United States do not have a high school diploma. This is a serious employment barrier. According to, the U.S. used to have some of the highest graduation rates of any developed nation, but now we rank 22nd out of 27 countries. Each year, approximately 1.2 million students drop out of high school. That amounts to a student every 26 seconds, or 7,000 daily.

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