Most recent high school graduates not in college are jobless

Elizabeth Pedigo, 21, of Toledo, Ohio, graduated high school in 2008 but has struggled at college. Right now she’s taking a year off from her two-year general studies program at Owens Community College, the Huffington Post reports.

“I wasn’t very good at being at college,” she said. “I just couldn’t finish the assignments.”

Now living with her parents, Pedigo is currently not working but plans to seek out a job at a nearby Kroger’s or McDonald’s. Pedigo is one of many recent high school graduates who have been left behind. Three out of four recent high school graduates not attending college full-time do not have a full-time job, according to a study released on Wednesday by Carl Van Horn, Cliff Zukin and Mark Szeltner at Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Many of these recent high school graduates, from the classes of 2006 through 2011, are too unprepared to finish college or work at a job that offers professional advancement, Van Horn said……Read More