Southwire's 12 for Life - Motivating Students to Stay in School

Qualifying Students

To be eligible for 12 for Life, a student must be 16 years old, pass a drug screening, and be identified by graduation coaches, counselors, or program administrators as needing additional support to complete high school. If eligible, they can participate in the 12 for Life program that allows them to combine classroom instruction with four-hour work shifts. Students interested in participating in the program should contact their school graduation coach or counselor for more information.

12 for Life students benefit from:

  • Academic support, encouragement, and motivation to graduate
  • Real-world training and job skills
  • On-site workshops focusing on life skills from resume building to personal banking
  • Mentoring from Southwire employees who provide one-on-one support
  • The satisfaction and independence that comes from earning a paycheck
  • 2.0 units of school credit per semester for both the classroom and work components, eligible for use toward required technical or elective classes
  • Placement on a Southwire Company preferred hiring list upon successful completion of 12 for Life and earning a high school diploma



Dropping the Dropout Rate

We are actively reversing the dropout trend in Georgia. We've graduated 275 students in our first four years, far exceeding our goal of 175 High School Graduates by 2012. Learn more +

12 for Life Skills for Life

12 For Life is not a Vocational/Technical program. We focus on students rather than specific skills to ensure individuals have the work and life skills they need to succeed.
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12 for Life Skills for Life

Schools and private businesses committed to education & community can build sustainable programs. Doing the right thing pays for itself.
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A Paycheck and a Diploma

Students can succeed at School and Work without the compromise. Our students stay in school, earn money, and learn the skills employers look for.  Learn more +


Southwire Giving Back

Since the 1950's, Southwire has emphasized giving back to the community. 12 for Life is a natural extension of our outreach to improve our community.
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Getting Involved

12 for Life is a successful model for other businesses and schools. Find out how to improve graduation rates and impact long-term earning capacity for your entire community.
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