This week, students at Mountain Home High School and Richard McKenna Charter High School will don caps and gowns, march across a stage to receive their diplomas and graduate into the real world.
It's a short walk but a big step. From that stage they will move on to a full measure of independence -- and responsibility. They will find jobs and create families that will produce the graduates of the future. They will, each in their own way, and to greater or lesser degrees, create that future, beginning now.
It used to be that a high school diploma was a basic requirement for entering the workforce. But in today's world, it really isn't enough. Increasingly, employers are seeking workers with more advanced training. That means more schooling. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, graduating from high school is not the end of your schooling, or even the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning. Graduates -- you've just gotten started. You're at the bottom of the learning curve.
For some graduates, college is the appropriate avenue to achieve success. Although it's never guaranteed, it improves the odds a lot. For others, some form of additional vocational training will give them the technical skills to create the careers of their personal visions.
It's not easy to get a job in today's world. Although there are jobs out there, the competition can be fierce and those who have shown the ability and inclination to get additional training and education will be seen by employers as much brighter prospects than those who think a high school diploma is enough.
Therefore, we urge every graduate to seek additional education at this point. It will make a huge difference in your success in life.
-- Kelly Everitt