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Iowa Community Colleges Under 50 Percent Retention Rate
Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 06:56 PM CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Statistics show fewer students return for a second year at Iowa's community colleges than in other Midwestern states.
Iowa's retention rate of 49.9 percent also is lower than the national average. Federal data from 2010 shows Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have higher rates.
Iowa's 15 community colleges have implemented new programs in recent years to boost retention. Those results have been mixed.
Data from Iowa Workforce Development shows only a third of the state's adults qualify for the growing number of jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.
Robert Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College, says students who complete the two-year degrees have more ability to command a higher wage.
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