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Infographic: Why Applied Skills Are More Valuable Than a College Degree

By Mike Kaiser |

Working Film Establishment, a Center City-based nonprofit that prepares recovering adults for employment, released the following infographic to illustrate how investment in their apprenticeship program outweighs the long-term financial burden.

We recently covered the group and their for-profit arm, Neighborhood Film Company, here.

The infographic (below) states that according to this January 2012 report, one high school dropout can potentially create a negative $939,700 social and fiscal impact on himself, taxpayers, and society. On the flip side, the average college graduate is estimated to create a positive $623,000 impact.

But how does a high school dropout from a low-income neighborhood compete or catch up with an affluent, well-connected college graduate?

Applied Skills
Working Film Establishment cites a 2011 Harvard Graduate School of Education study that argues today’s college graduates are underprepared for the workforce and U.S. employers value individuals with a wealth of “applied skills” such as critical thinking, work ethic, humility, communication, and professionalism. Through the WFE apprenticeship program, an individual can gain these applied skills through the process of filmmaking, combined with WFE’s multi-level support and mentorship.

“We created the infographic namely to show not only the need for smaller ratios [of support], but the actual social and fiscal impact of investing fully in one’s life,” said Working Film Establishment Executive Director, Dan Walser.

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