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“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.”

President Barack Obama

The transition to a knowledge economy exacerbates the wage gap between workers with a postsecondary credential and those with a high school diploma or less. In Southeast Michigan, Detroit Drives Degrees brings together secondary and postsecondary institutions, businesses, college access networks, career navigation programs, scholarship funds, and non-profit organizations to increase the number of students entering postsecondary programs, especially first-generation low-income students. By filling gaps and leading regional projects, Detroit Drives Degrees, galvanizes partners to increase the number of students enrolled in higher education.

90 million in Pell Grant money unclaimed in Michigan during the recent academic year.

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Projects: D3 and partners are implementing a regional FAFSA completion campaign where secondary schools that improve their FAFSA completion rates will receive recognition and prizes. Completing FAFSA and understanding the financial options available are the first steps to enrolling in college.

For more information, contact Melanie D’Evelyn; mdevelyn@detroitchamber.com or working group chairs Ashley Johnson; ajohnson@excellentschoolsdetroit.org or Brandy Johnson; brandy@micollegeaccess.org.

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