Achieving the Community College Dream

Nearly ten years ago, a small group of visionaries assembled to discuss a dream - a dream that every American community college student would finish what he or she started, whether a single parent, a student from a broken home, or an immigrant who spoke English as a second language. The group had a dream that those students and millions of others like them would earn important, life-changing education credentials that would lead to better jobs and higher quality lives. The dreamers knew that, on average, as the President of Wake Technical Community College has said, most of these students could, at best, enter community college making about $8 an hour but that, if they could persist through school and earn a college credential, they could leave making about $18 an hour, and they would have also changed their lives and the lives of future generations.

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