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

The Solution

With statistics like the ones students are facing all over the country—3 out of 10 will not graduate—it’s easy to lose hope. But at Southwire, we realize hope is as integral to success as classroom instruction or on-the-job training. And 12 for Life combines all three into a program that works.

12 for Life BrochureTurning to the community for crucial support, Southwire developed the cooperative 12 for Life program with Carroll County, Ga. schools in 2007. We provided students a place where they could mix classroom time with time on the floor at a real manufacturing plant, gaining an education, a paycheck, key work and life skills, and the all-important hope—for a diploma, for success in the workplace, and for a better life. How it works.

The only program of its kind, 12 for Life seeks to instill in students the belief that if they complete a full 12 years of education, they will have better lives. It’s a truly cooperative program, a partnership between community and school that targets students who are at a tipping point in their life. 12 for Life is not a vo-tech program. Instead, our program administrators work with each individual student to customize an education, training, and work plan built around each student’s unique challenges and needs to help that student graduate on time – and with a regular 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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