Canton Early College High School: ROI $50 Million and Growing
The return on investment for Canton Early College High School (CECHS) is now almost $50 million and still growing.
That's the additional earning potential of graduates in the first three classes, based on their college credits and degrees. Together, these students will make over $34 million more during their lifetimes than if they just had a high school diploma. They will also pay nearly $13 million in additional taxes, benefiting their nation, state and community.
Founded in 2005 by the Canton City Schools, Stark State College, the Canton Professional Educators Association and the Stark Education Partnership, CECHS is an opportunity for students to graduate with both a high school diploma and Associate Degree.
A new report by the Stark Education Partnership, Proof and Beyond: The First Three Graduating Classes of Canton Early College High School1, looks at outcomes for the 168 students who graduated from 2009 to 2011. Eighty-four earned Associate Degrees and 84 graduated with a significant number of college hours.
The report finds that over three-quarters of all graduates are continuing their education and 80% of those who earned an Associate Degree are now in four year programs. Earning power will increase even further for these students as they earn more degrees.
This May, CECHS will graduate its fourth class.
1 Funding provided by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation