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Opening Doors: Students' Perspectives on Juggling Work, Family, and College

A Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation's report, Opening Doors: Students' Perspectives on Juggling Work, Family, and College sheds light on factors sometimes overlooked by legislators and policymakers as they seek to better the circumstances of America's underclass. Recognizing the critical role of education and vocational training in improving upward mobility, key players effectively fail to appreciate that access to higher education means very little to those already overburdened with substantial work and childcare responsibilities. Focusing exclusively on educational opportunities afforded by large metropolitan community college systems, the study examined an ethnically diverse array of students grouped in three categories: one currently attending a community college, one that had failed to complete a degree or certificate program, and one that had never matriculated in such a program but which hoped to at some point. As readers of the report will discover, the desire to move up the socio-economic ladder through higher education is pronounced across a broad spectrum of America's low-wage population, if only they can find the time, the money, and the broader systemic support necessary to realize such achievements.
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  • https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2002/0802
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2002
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August 2nd, 2002
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April 8th, 2003 at 9:18am
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April 8th, 2003 at 9:18am
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