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Nearly 80% of 2012 BCPS Graduates Report College Plans

The graduates were also awarded a combined $103.7 million in scholarships.

Almost 80 percent of Baltimore County Public School's graduating class of 2012 plan to attend college in the fall.

In a survey conducted by the county school system's Office of School Counseling, 77.5 percent of the 7,088 graduates reported intentions to attend college.

The school system reports that of this number, 42.9 percent plan to attend a four-year college and 34.6 percent intend to go to a two-year college.

"We are gratified that so many of our 2012 graduates will be entering college in the fall," Superintendent S. Dallas Dance said in a school system news release.  "Going to college will expand their career options, increase their lifetime earning potential, and enhance their personal development. The scholarships they have earned reflect their academic promise and represent a huge cost savings for the families in this area."

According to the release, 13.2 percent of graduates will enter the workforce and 3.2 percent will start military service.

Additionally, 31.7 percent of graduates were awarded a combined $103.7 million in scholarships, the release reads. This number falls short of the $107.1 million awarded to the 2011 class, which had a larger group of 7,232 graduates.

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Editor's Note: An incorrect figure for the combined number of scholarship money awarded to the 2012 graduating class was listed in the description section of this blog. Patch regrets the error.

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JD1 July 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
"We are gratified that so many of our 2012 graduates will be entering college in the fall and that 50% of them will be paying to take remedial courses because our system has failed so badly. Going to college will ensure the flow of money into our university systems and leave them $75000 or more in debt before they have ever had a full time job. Going to college will leave them competing for low paying jobs in an anemic economy the likes we have not witnessed in more than a generation. The scholarships they have earned reflect the need to fill schools with a diverse student body that is unprepared to pay tuition rates that have risen through the stratosphere because anybody will quality for loans that will go towards building athletic complexes and gourmet dining halls to lure in even more brainwashed students."

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