There are 36 million individuals in the United States with some college credit but no degree. We call them the Reconnectors. Many stopped out because of a mismatch with the college or university they started attending, difficulties balancing family and life issues with school, finances or debt. Now, they are barred from many jobs with good pay that require a college credential, their children have no role models for college completion at home, and they may still carry the stigma of failure.
By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require college education. Time is running out for regions relying solely on a K-12 pipeline, and not all cities are magnets for recent college grads. Reconnectors immediately infuse the regional talent shed with their new skills and expertise.
Increasing the number of adults with degrees has a generational multiplier effect, for example, when an adult earns a degree the youth in their household are three times more likely to finish high school, go to college and earn a degree themselves.