As the nation celebrates the class of 2020 and the resilience of graduates during a worldwide pandemic, it can be easy to forget that some students face huge challenges to high school graduation even in “normal” times. Living in foster care can make school feel like a perpetual marathon. In Jefferson County, a program called Fostering Opportunities helps them cross the finish line.
This study is an extension of the Outcomes and Return on Investment of Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado project and addresses the concern that while nearly 75% of jobs in Colorado require some education beyond high school, only 66% of the state’s adult population has such qualifications. Using administrative data from state education agencies, this study informs the state’s understanding of the Concurrent Enrollment program as a driver of on-time credential completion (Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees) and increased earnings.
Nearly 75% of jobs in Colorado require some education beyond high school but only 66% of the state’s adult population has such qualifications. This study investigates the potential of the state’s Concurrent Enrollment program to increase the number of adults with postsecondary experience. It examines the costs, college outcomes (matriculation, credit accumulation, and persistence), and return on investment of Concurrent Enrollment within Colorado’s public education system.