Just 35% of NY community college students graduate within six years

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Thirty-five percent of community-college students who are full time graduate within six years, and the low graduation rate is hurting employment opportunities, a report said.

The completion rate at New York's 35 community colleges needs to be improved as enrollment increases and as the schools becoming an increasingly important job-training ground for young people, the report from the Center for an Urban Future said. The group makes the case for additional funding for community colleges.

"The basic reality that a majority of community college students in New York fail to graduate may seem like a mere data point," the report released Thursday by the New York City-based think tank said. "But for thousands of New Yorkers each year, failing to graduate with a post-secondary degree or professional certificate has real consequences."

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