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Report Calls for More College Graduates in California



By Catherine Groux
Posted June 13, 2012 12:51 PM

A new report says California must produce more college graduates.
A new report says California must produce more college graduates.
In 2009, about 41.1% of Americans had an associate's degree or higher, according to a 2011 College Board report. Many states, however, fell below this national average, including California. In 2009, only 38% of the Golden State's residents held a college degree.

A recent report by California Competes says this might be detrimental to the state, as it needs more degree holders to maintain a competitive economy, according to a press release. Specifically, the report indicates that California will need to produce 2.3 million college degree and certificate holders by 2025 if it wants to secure its economic future.

"The greatest source of jobs for California comes from our residents’ talent and creativity," said Bob Foster, Long Beach mayor and California Competes council chair. "On our present path, we will fall far short on the number of degrees and certifications necessary for our future economy. We must ensure that higher education equips Californians with the skills they need to succeed; it is those skills that will fuel the economy of the future."

While the report lists a wide range of challenges faced by postsecondary schools in California, it highlights community colleges in particular, as these schools have been drastically affected by budget cuts, The Daily Californian reports. Currently, the state's community colleges rank 49th in the nation when it comes to degree completion.

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