(Des Moines) Efforts are underway to close the divide among races for young people who attend college.
There are a number of hurdles that can keep people from attending or completing college, including the lack of finances and overall support.
M.J. Dolan who heads up the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees says offering help in those areas through economic connections with local nonprofits is another ongoing strategy.
“We work with them to see if we can help them with the situation,” stated Dolan. “If they can’t pay for daycare for a week, or they have a situation where they don’t have transportation. We are working closer than ever with those local community assistance agencies so that we can provide resources and solutions for those types of problems and keep them in college.”
The efforts are part of the Iowa Community College completion initiative. It was launched in response to the national completion agenda. That goal is to reach 60-percent degree attainment in the United States by 2020.
Iowa Radio Network
February 17, 2014