As many as 90 million U.S. adults lack the key skills in reading, writing and math to qualify for well-paying jobs. In addition, they may lack personal and social skills sought by employers in ... more 
As many as 90 million U.S. adults lack the key skills in reading, writing and math to qualify for well-paying jobs. In addition, they may lack personal and social skills sought by employers in today’s labor market. They are trapped in low-paid, dead-end jobs or worse, in unemployment. Education is the most powerful arrow in the poverty-fighter’s quiver. Individuals who earn an associate degree earn, on average, about $10,000 more per year than will college dropouts. According to the U.S. Department of Education, community colleges enroll more than one-third of all post-secondary students in the United States, providing access to higher education for over 7 million students each year. Because these institutions charge considerably less in tuition and fees than four-year public and private colleges, they attract a significant number of students from low-income households. But many community college students, particularly those from low- and moderate-income families, don’t complete their degrees. less 
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