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Why Complete?


1.  You’ll earn more! Students who complete an associate degree or certificate can expect to earn about $500,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.1

2. You’ll be prepared! When you are job-hunting, a college credential will always give you an edge.2

3. Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30% lower than high school grads.3

You’ll encounter fewer barriers to transfer! You’ll save time & money not repeating courses or taking courses you don’t need.4

You’ll help reverse national trend for declining number of graduates.5
6. You’ll open doors for your children. Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.5

7. You and your family’s health will improve. Research links greater educational attainment to longer life, healthful eating, exercising and avoiding risk factors.6

8. You will be more likely to promote environmental sustainability. 5

9. You’ll be more likely to volunteer, vote, contribute to charity, serve on boards and run for office.5

10. You’ll be an educated and higher-paid employee, providing support for federal, state & local governments.5


For More Information Contact:
Dr. Amanda Evert, Associate Vice President for Communications and Research

  1. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010
  2. Rosenberg McKay, D. “How Often Do People Change Careers?” Guide to Career Planning since 1997 (2006)
  3. Internationally, College Graduates Fared Better During Recession, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2010
  4. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, American Association of Community Colleges, The National Articulation and Transfer Network
  5. With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them, A Public Agenda Report for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  6. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America