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Right now, the average college student leaves school with $30,000 in loan debt. This should be unacceptable to everyone because when our generation...
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Internships are important components for young people to gain experiences in their desired fields in hopes of getting employment opportunities once...
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Navigating through college is like real-life obstacle course and a huge derailment for students trying to earn their degree. To help students get a clearer idea of their goals and expectations for college, institutions are creating maps that layout pathways to graduation.
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Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill, friends and fellow leaders in youth work, held an audio conversation about how integrating youth development practices and design thinking can transform schools and learning. An empowering call with lots of online activity!
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Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loan debt—and we all will have to deal with the consequences. Find out more in the second installment of 'One Secret, Many Lives,' the digital companion series to the new Pivot TV show 'Secret Lives of Americans.'
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Internships are important components for young people to gain experiences in their desired fields in hopes of getting employment opportunities once they finish school. But the argument about unpaid internships is becoming controversial. On one hand, it's seen as a beneficial arrangement for both young adults and employers, but on the other hand, it's seen as explotative and unfair.
Where some once got a chance, many now diverted to the lowest-funded schools
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Right now, the average college student leaves school with $30,000 in loan debt. This should be unacceptable to everyone because when our generation gets set back financially, our overall economy takes a hit. It didn't used to be this way. Young people could go to school, work a summer job, and pay for classes.
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In a 2013 survey of college counseling center directors, 95 percent said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern on their campus, and 70 percent said that the number of students on their campus with severe psychological problems has increased in the past year.
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The assumption that education is the key to improving economic and community development for students in poverty may not be the case after all.
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Community colleges are slowly increasing the number of students who graduate, but recgonize challenges like failing enrollment and funding problems which could derail this progress. Programs to help students successfully earn their degree are expensive and with a decrease in funding, are difficult to implement. The economy also impacts changes in enrollment.   


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