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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.
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.
The assumption that education is the key to improving economic and community development for students in poverty may not be the case after all.
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.   
First-generation students make up nearly one third of undergraduates. Various reports and research concludes that those in this group enter college with minimal preparedness and are often less likely to engage with others in a university setting. This gap in enrollment is where bridge programs come into play at universities nationwide.
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First-generation students can be succeptible to summer melt, where navigating the ins and outs of the college process becomes so difficult that they fall off track. Thanks to recent studies, there are tools available to help fight against summer melt and help keep college students on track. 
By the year 2020, it is estimated that two-thirds of American jobs will require college experience. Unfortunately, not every student can access a quality high school experience that prepares them for postsecondary success.  This is especially true for African Americans, who attend the least resourced schools and suffer the worst academic outcomes. 

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