From the White House  to the National Governor’s Association , it seems everyone these days is analyzing and proposing strategies to increase student success in education programs beyond high school. The N.C. Justice Center with Demos  released a report in September that laid out the significant financial barriers that can impede a student’s completion of their education program.
This weekend, mobilize.org  will add an important voice to this public discussion. Community college students from across North Carolina will gather in Charlotte, NC to share their unique perspective on the challenges and strategies to post-secondary completion. The aim will not only be to identify what would work for students from students themselves but to invest in a few winning ideas that will be implemented across the state. (We plan to share these ideas next week so check back here.)
In the meantime, it is clear that these ideas and the day-to-day realities for students should inform any state-level completion agenda for North Carolina. Making sure that students are successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education will be fundamental to ensuring the growth of North Carolina’s future middle class.