By 2025, 4.8 million of the 16.4 million additional people with credentials the nation needs will be awarded to students who today are between 16 and 24 and are not likely to go beyond high school. By 2020, our objective is to help increase educational attainment among this group by 500,000 more people than are on track today to earn college degrees, workforce certificates, or other credentials.
For people to earn these credentials, quality education beyond high school must be universally available. But mere access to such programs is not enough. Proven strategies must be put in place on a wide scale to assist students from underrepresented groups in completing programs that lead to marketable credentials.
By 2025, 6.1 million of the 16.4 million additional people with credentials will be returning adults—those who have attended college but have not finished. By 2020, our objective is to help increase postsecondary attainment among this population by 2 million people.
More than 27 million Americans have some college education but lack a credential—whether it’s a degree or a high-value workforce certificate. Many are Americans who are close to finishing but have “stopped out” of college—meaning they are no longer enrolled. Many have every intention of finishing, but the longer they stay away, the harder it will be to come back. Research shows that, with the right supports, many of these adults could get back on a path to completing their courses of study.
Adults with no education beyond high school
By 2025, 5.5 million of the 16.4 million additional people with credentials will be adults who today have no recognized education beyond high school. Our objective by 2020 is to help increase postsecondary attainment among this population by 3.4 million people.
This is the most underserved population—63.8 million Americans between 25 and 64 fall into this category. These Americans have little or no realistic chance today of obtaining credentials beyond the high school diploma that can set the stage for further education and employment. These adults are disproportionately poor and from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Some are in prisons and jails. Millions are recent immigrants with low levels of education and limited English-speaking skills. Millions more are workers who have been lost middle-class jobs and, because they lack middle- and higher-level skills, face enormous difficulty finding jobs that offer the income and benefits they had before.
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