The Department of Education says Missouri is one of six states that has been selected for a national education initiative that helps put high-school students on a career path. The Pathways to Prosperity Network has partnered with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future to get more students to finish high school, get a college degree, and start a career. At current levels, only 21 percent of Missouri ninth graders will get a degree. As many as half of that number will face unemployment. Other states participating in the Pathways to Prosperity Network are Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee.