The perils of pregnancy on college success

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Community colleges and public universities in Mississippi will be doing more to address the high rate of pregnancy among older teens. The state has enacted bipartisan legislation that requires postsecondary institutions to develop a plan for integrating unplanned pregnancy prevention into courses and campus activities.

There were 5,644 teen pregnancies in Mississippi in 2012, with nearly 4,000 of them among women age 18 to 19, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

“An unplanned pregnancy can become a big hurdle for students trying to complete an associate degree,” said Kell Smith, director of communications and legislative services at the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB).

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