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Almost 9 million people are enrolled in community colleges, but only 32 percent of those who enroll will complete an associate degree within three years. Many people leave with significant debt and broken dreams.
Aligned with Lumina’s efforts to help more adults earn short-term and innovative credentials from community and technical colleges, Lumina’s additional work with community colleges will focus on helping 3.3 million more adults earn associate degrees than will be awarded based on current estimates. Strategies will aim to increase completion rates among those who are already enrolled, expand access to increase enrollment, and develop employer partnerships that will increase the number and quality of pathways to associate degrees—especially those that recognize the increasing integration of work and learning.