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ProjectAttain! A Comprehensive Strategy to Increase Educational Attainment in the Sacramento Region

Sacramento State University is the lead on ProjectAttain!, a comprehensive regional strategy to chart a new course to increase educational attainment by 60 percent by 2025. Learn more about how Sacramento State is collaborating with community partners to achieve this goal.

Millions of people in America are financially insecure. The single most important driver of economic opportunity and social mobility is educational attainment. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require high-quality credentials beyond high school.

Closing the Gap

Data show that there are nearly 4.5 million working age adults in California between the ages of 25 and 64 with some college but no degree, and more than 345,000 of them are in the eight-county Sacramento region—a disproportionate share of which are people of color and women. Cultivating the overlooked talent pool will accelerate efforts to raise educational attainment, narrow the equity gap and meet our region’s workforce needs.

There is a clear mismatch between future workforce needs and the number of skilled workers available to fill these positions that will become even more pronounced if we stay on the current path.

ProjectAttain! is a comprehensive regional strategy to chart a new course by increasing educational attainment to 60 percent by 2025. While the answer may seem simple—help working age adults finish what they started—the solution is complex. Working age adults face particular challenges when returning to school, like finding accessible classes to fit their schedules, balancing coursework with the responsibilities of work and family and the overall cost.

ProjectAttain! Strategic Outcomes

1. Increased educational attainment

2. Educational equity

3. Regional and individual prosperity

4. Skills alignment with workforce needs

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