High school graduation rates soared from 65 to 80 percent over the past four years, but are students actually ready for college or the workforce? According to an article by The New York Times’ Motoko Rich, the answer is no. On a recent national reading and math evaluation of high school seniors, fewer than 40 percent of students demonstrated academic readiness for college. Thus, while more students are receiving their high school diplomas, few actually have the skills they need to continue on to college or work. What other skills are high school graduates lacking? According to business leaders in South Carolina, high school graduates lack effective communication skills. This skill, as we know, is crucial to succeed in today’s workforce.