Millions of people in America are financially insecure. The
single most important driver of economic opportunity and social
mobility is educational attainment. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs
will require high-quality credentials beyond high school.
Data from the Lumina Foundation show that nearly 22 percent or
4.5 million Californians have enrolled in college and left
without receiving a degree or certificate. Emerging data indicate
that as many as 1.1 million of these students are within 15 units
of completion. This population, referred to as “near-completers,”
represents an overlooked opportunity to increase degree
attainment in California.
While the state faces a critical shortage of educated workers, an
often overlooked demographic could provide at least one of the
solutions — working age adults with some college but no degree or
postsecondary credential who need support finishing what they
Today’s workplace is filled with increased expectations and
constant change. Christine Irion, director of extension programs,
explains how CCE can help professionals adapt to new conditions
while building confidence in the process.