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Why Business Leaders Must Get Involved to Close the Gaps

Far too often college students worry that, after earning a degree, they will fail to find a related job. Far too often business executives (and particularly employers involved in tech fields) worry about finding a fresh crop of qualified graduates to deal with shortages of skilled workers. Clearly, there is a disconnect between education and employment.
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Why Improving Hispanic Education Rates is Important to Us All

The challenge could not be more vivid: Only 11 percent of Hispanics in Arizona graduate from a four-year college or university and less than two-thirds possess a high school diploma. With a dramatically expanding population in Arizona and nationwide, this is a red flag for the economic and social prosperity of the Hispanic community, as well as the fortunes of an economy facing serious shortages of educated workers. Failure to progress portends higher Hispanic unemployment rates, lower income and buying power, and a missed opportunity to benefit from the talent and potential of this increasingly significant segment of our society.
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Why Community Colleges Can—and Should—Disrupt Higher Education

Community college leaders and advocates have a unique opportunity, indeed responsibility, to address the various ways that community colleges can both disrupt and enhance higher education. This can be a turning point, a moment in which community colleges finally get their due as a smart response to many of the challenges that students and parents are facing. Consider: A recent Time magazine column touted a “perfect storm” coming to higher education, comprised of “too-high tuition and unhappy parents.”
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