Increasing Educational Attainment Through Adult Learner Programs

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Jenni Murphy, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education, knows how critical it is for more college graduates to enter California’s workforce. She also knows that Sacramento State can help.

With degree-completion programs at Sac State and regional initiatives such as ProjectAttain! that include two-year and four-year higher education institutions, former students who took breaks from their education can return to finish what they started.

That accomplishment, along with creating personal satisfaction and improved social mobility, provides employers with capable, well-educated potential employees.

“Sacramento State, through CCE, has a long history of helping working-age adults in the region realize their dream of a college degree or credential.” – Dean Jenni Murphy, College of Continuing Education

“And as a result, we are uniquely positioned to take on this critical challenge,” Murphy continued.

ProjectAttain! is a regional initiative aiming to increase the number of working-age adults in the region with a post-secondary degree, certificate, or diploma to 60 percent by 2025.

“Formalized education that aligns with individual aspirations and job opportunities improves lives, communities, and the overall economic vitality of the region.” Murphy says.

Interested in learning more about ProjectAttain! and participating in the regional initiative as an individual or an employer? Sign up at

Degree-completion programs through CCE can be found at