Taking the next step for post-secondary access in Georgia

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Increasing post-secondary access and completion for all students in Georgia is critical to the state’s economy. According to Complete College Georgia, by 2025, 60 percent of the jobs in Georgia will require an education after high school. Yet, today only 47.9 percent of Georgia’s young adults have achieved a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree.

In 2018, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to champion the need for more equitable outcomes for all of Georgia’s students seeking to attain post-secondary education. The Community Foundation provided leadership to, developed key messaging and engaged with statewide stakeholders, including Georgia’s students.

The Foundation also partnered with six community foundations around the state to create and share toolkits and host convenings. These gatherings, fueled by local data, included diverse community members and post-secondary students, who shared, in particular, the financial challenges they have faced with accessing and affording college.

In the following video, produced by the Athens Area Community Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, five students share their experience with post-secondary education affordability.