For today’s student, college and career readiness has a profound impact on economic success. By 2018, an estimated 63% of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education. A recent report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states that about 90% of the fastest-growing job clusters today require postsecondary education.
Of students who enroll in remedial courses upon entering college, on average fewer than 1 in 10 graduate from community college within three years, and only a third complete a four-year degree within six years. Many students, particularly low-income students, face academic preparedness challenges – preparing students academically before they arrive on campus can not only improve graduation rates, but also decrease the time and money it takes to earn a degree.
The Mead Family Foundation supports organizations tackling the tough task of preparing youth for life after high school in a variety of ways. More information on the exceptional work being done by grantees is outlined here.