The nation's human resources depend critically on the extent to which young people complete high school and undertake postsecondary education and training that will prepare them for productive careers. During the 1980s, 10 million school-age youth dropped out of high school before graduation; most of them face bleak employment prospects in the years ahead. Another 28 million completed high school and began to sort themselves into educational programs and career paths. Some took entry-level jobs, entered apprenticeship programs, or joined the military. Others enrolled in college or entered vocational-technical schools. Still others took summertime breaks or worked at temporary jobs, many planning to enter college full-time in the fall.