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Obtaining a credential is the culmination of the learning process and an indicator of competence to employers. Unfortunately, over one-third of students in Michigan do not return for the second year of college. Detroit Drives Degrees works with secondary and postsecondary institutions, businesses, curriculum coordinators and student success initiatives to increase the six-year graduation rate for traditional students, as well as to engage adults with some college on paths to complete their degree. Detroit Drives Degrees aims to reduce barriers for all qualified students to obtain a degree, whether first-generation low-income youth or returning adults.

62 percent median increase in income for young adults with a bachelor’s degree over those with a high school credential in 2013.

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$1 million total lifetime increase in earnings for college graduates compared to those with a high school school credential

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Projects: D3 and partners are engaging parents on financial aid and college success strategies, which includes information on programs for returning adults, if the parents are interested in completing their degree. This project will engage parents in a community setting on education options for their children and themselves.

For more information, contact Melanie D’Evelyn; mdevelyn@detroitchamber.com or working group chairs Patrick Cooney; patrick@michiganfuture.org or Erica Orians; eorians@mcca.org.

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