Melinda Gates' College Ready Educational Initiative

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Most high school students dream of attending college after high school. The know that an education will earn them more money, get them better jobs and give them the opportunity do what they want in life. The problem is; between 2006 and 2016, nearly 4.5 million students won’t pursue college degrees because their families can’t afford higher education (Gates Foundation, 2009). Furthermore, only a little of half of those who do start college full-time to obtain a 4-year degree finish. Of those students who attend community college less than 3 out of 10 finish with the Associate’s Degree (Complete, 2009). For this country to continue as a world leader, we must do more to educate our children to be leaders of tomorrow.

Melinda Gates college ready educational initiative for low income students

Everyone dreams of a good job, a nice home and kids who become doctors, lawyers, astronauts and so forth. How does this dream come true? What does it take to achieve this level of success? An education is the most likely avenue to achieving success. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to go to college. Some are fortunately enough to obtain scholarship and grants but without adequate high school education, college will remain just a dream. Only one-third of graduating high school students is academically and emotionally ready for college. But what about attending a Jr. College first? Unfortunately, Jr. College does not prepare a student for a 4 year education either. Many of the courses in junior college are not relevant or transferrable to a four year college education. In May 2009, the Community College Research Center (CCRC), Teachers College, Columbia University received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Fo...

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...e approach education, we will remain a world leader and produce a more highly educated and socially responsible citizen. By supporting both students and teachers with continuing education, accessibility and funding we can climb back to the top.

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