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Expanding access to higher education for a bright future in Battle Creek

All of us in the Battle Creek community want our city and region to have a prosperous future.

One of the most promising avenues we can take to help our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic is ensuring our young people can get the education and training they need to secure good-paying jobs that set them up for a bright economic future.

But according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than 1 million fewer students are enrolled in college than prior to the pandemic, representing a drop of 6.6 percent. That number is doubled for community college, where enrollment has failed nearly 13 percent.

This is especially troublesome because more students with limited financial resources tend to choose community college to pursue an education and brighter economic future.

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