Today, most jobs in the Boston area require a two-year or four-year college degree - a trend that will only increase in the future. The region’s economy is driven by knowledge-based industries that require a highly skilled workforce. While Boston Public School graduates’ college enrollment rates rival the nation’s, at more than 70%, too many students struggle to complete a post-secondary degree, limiting their opportunity to participate and succeed in the workforce. If Boston is to remain competitive both nationally and internationally, we must ensure that more students who enter college actually graduate. The College Completion Initiative,Success Boston, aims to do just that.
Through an unprecedented collaboration between the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Foundation, area nonprofits, and lead area institutions of higher education, Success Boston aims to transform the college completion rates of Boston Public School students, and answer Mayor Menino’s call for a 50% increase in the college graduation rate for college enrollees from the BPS class of 2009 and a doubling of the college graduation rate for college enrollees from the BPS class of 2011.
To learn more about Success Boston and opportunities to support this important initiative please contact Elizabeth Walczak at Elizabeth.Walczak@tbf.org or (617) 338-1621.