Tri States Public Radio Staff
Nationwide Completion Effort
Mon November 26, 2012
SCC Students Sign Pledge
Students at Southeastern Community College (SCC) are pledging to finish what they started.
The American Association of Community Colleges estimates that just 1 in 3 full-time students complete their Associates Degrees within 3 years.
That coincides with President Barack Obama’s call, several years ago, for community colleges to produce an additional five-million degrees and certificates by 2020.
The result is the College Completion Challenge.
SCC President Michael Ash said more than 400 students signed a pledge, last week on the West Burlington campus, to finish their degrees or certifications.
He said the benefits can last a lifetime as “the potential is there on average to make more than $400,000 more just based upon completing their Associates Degree.”
Ash says financial struggles lead many community college students to quit school.
He says a similar event will be held on the Keokuk campus in January.