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In Sacramento County, 26% of the population has some college and no degree. Lumina Foundation reports that Sacramento County’s educational attainment (at the associate’ degree level or higher) is 39.1%, nearly 10% lower than the state average across California. Lower rates of educational attainment in the greater Sacramento area reduce workforce competitiveness and talent cultivation while simultaneously increasing the burden for unemployment support.

National studies indicate that many individuals with some college and no degree may actually qualify for a degree or are within 15 units of completing an academic program of study thus there are approximately 62,378 of these ‘near completers’ in Sacramento County.  Currently, wide scale efforts targeting working age adults who stopped out or dropped out just short of a degree do not exist.  This creates a cross-sector opportunity to increase degree attainment to anticipated 2025 levels in the greater Sacramento region while supporting the educational needs of the region’s six industry clusters.

This team will bring together a collaborative group aimed at getting a large percentage of the more than 62K individuals who are within 15 units or less of completing college to obtain their degree. This team will increase awareness and opportunities for the educational attainment of working age adults by establishing regional goals for employer recognized credentials and degree completion.

Sub Region

Sacramento County

Long Term Outcomes

Educational Attainment, Community Vitality, Career Readiness

The Impact

  • The impacts of targeting the working adult population include:
  • Increased productivity and talent of the local workforce, creating a dynamic and thriving region.
  • Reduced  reliance on public services for individuals and families.
  • Increased economic stability and career for individuals and families.
  • Increased pathways for working age adults to meet employer requirements and the predicted demands of regional industry clusters.

By creating educational attainment goals  and raising awareness of the near-completion population, institutions of higher education and the workforce development community can  actively record and track data to better serve non-traditional students. Community organizations and businesses will engage members of the community and employees in finishing their education.
















Jenni Murphy

Dean, College of Continuing Education,Sacramento State University

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