New report praises Arkansas program helping parents to complete college degrees

A major hurdle to any low income parent wanting to complete anassociate's degree or undergraduate degree is finding affordable childcare.

AmericanAssociation of University Women (AAUW) is praising Arkansas in a reportreleased Thursday for a state program that's working to solve this problem. Career PathwaysInitiative (CPI) offers a variety of services at all 22 community and technicalcolleges in the state, including helping find childcare.

The report states:

"Outcomes for CPIstudents compared with those of other Arkansas community college studentssuggest that the program is effective in helping students earn degrees and certificates.For example, among students who enrolled at an Arkansas community college in fall2010, almost 40 percent withdrew by the next year, compared with only abouta quarter of CPI students. To date, thousands of students, most of whom aremothers, have enrolled and completed more than 17,000 certificates andassociate degrees through the CPI program."

The report, AAUW's "Womenin Community Colleges: Access to Success," identifiesother difficulties women face in a world where analysts predict that soonnearly two out of every three jobs will require some post secondary education.

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