November 19th, 2010

The Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity has posted another stellar discussion about college completion. This time, Stan Jones of Complete College America talks about some of the challenges that low-income and first-generation college students face when entering higher education.

We know that increased college completion is vital to reducing poverty in Alabama. According to theCenter for Education and the Workforce:

  • by 2018, nearly two-thirds of jobs in this state will require some form of higher education
  • over the next 10 years, new jobs in Alabama requiring post-secondary education will increase by an estimated 132,000, while other jobs will increase by only 89,000
  • currently, 55 percent of all jobs in Alabama require some form of post-secondary education’

Want to know more? Listen to the discussion below, and ask yourself: how can I increase the potential for Alabama students to get a higher education?

Complete College America from Spotlight on Vimeo.

Posted by Robyn Hyden