Community college boosts employment among Black and Hispanic students, study finds

Community college boosts employment among Black and Hispanic students, study finds

“Low income and underrepresented minorities typically come from high schools that make them less academically prepared to enter the job market,” said Alicia Modestino, lead author of the study and an economist and a professor at Northeastern University. “If they can attend a community college then they can get a much higher return than a higher-income individual who’s had better academic opportunities.” Organizers of the report, released Thursday by The Boston Foundation and MassINC, say the findings make a strong case both for the importance of funding for community college and for the value they can hold for people in communities that are underserved by traditional higher education. Black and Hispanic students enjoy higher employment levels than people in other demographic groups who complete a community college degree, but many drop out of their studies before they can realize those gains, according to a new study. The study, which tracked thousands of high school graduates in Massachusetts between 2010 and 2018, found that Black and Hispanic students are twice as likely as their white counterparts to attend community college. While …
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