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 started.
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.
Sarah Crawford knows the value of good training. She’s been a professional recruiter, a learning specialist, a training officer, and even taught a course in training design and delivery. So when it was time for her to re-enter the workforce, she looked to Sac State for current, industry-relevant education to boost her resume.
Cari Paganini knows exactly where she wants to go. A recent graduate of Sac State’s State Supervision Online (SSO) program, she’s aiming for the top. “I want to take all of this knowledge and eventually work for CalPERS or CalHR,” she says. “I know a lot more about the law and how to help people in disciplinary settings now. I feel I have tons of stuff in my toolbox to offer future employers because of what I’ve learned through SSO.”