California is not Producing Enough Educated Adults for the Workforce
According to a new report, California is not doing so well with enrolling high school graduates in college and helping high school graduates complete a certificate or degree program. The report was released by the Campaign for College Opportunity last month and it measures the state’s progress in enrolling high school graduates in college and helping them complete a certificate or degree program. The report also gave California a B- for preparing high school students for college-level courses, and a C for helping students and their families pay the cost of college. Michele Siqueiros, president of Campaign for College Opportunity, stated:
We urgently need a new commitment and vision for higher education that produces more college graduates for our economy and keeps the promise of college opportunity, regardless of your race, income or zip code.
The Campaign for College Opportunity estimates that California needs 1.7 million more adults with college credentials by 2025 to meet the state’s workforce needs. About two thirds of high school students should be completing a college ready curriculum with at least a C grade, but only 43 percent accomplished this in 2014-2015. Only 47 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in college in 2014-2015, which is short of the 71 percent target. Sure, California added 12,583 adults with college credentials in 2015, but there needs to be 23,000 more annually to meet better standards. There definitely needs to be more funding, support, and streamlined programs to help students with the academic preparation and financial aid needed to enroll in college and to graduate.