Local Coloradans have been taking note of what they're calling the 'Colorado Paradox'. The state has low unemployment, a robust economic recovery, and an increase of jobs being created every day. However, 70% of those jobs require some sort of education beyond high school, and by 2020, that number is likely to reach 75%.
Yet, Colorado doesn't produce enough college graduates to sustain that growth. In Denver, half of out-of-state adults have a college degree, but only one-third of hometown Coloradans can say the same, writes Emily Deruy for The Atlantic.
Denver has increased its high school graduates almost 25 points in a decade, from 40% of students who graduate high school in four years to 65% last year. Deruy argues the state could do the same for colleges.
Denver has grown its CEC Early College program to allow high school juniors and seniors take advanced courses toward a college degree or try out hands-on trades.
While the school’s 430 or so full-time students (several hundred part-time students take classes at the campus that aren’t offered at their home schools) don’t have the district’s best test scores, they do have higher-than-average attendance and graduation rates. Most students who don’t stay on for a fifth year enroll in a two-year college after graduation. Up until several years ago, the school just cared about getting kids through high school. Now, it’s interested in where students go after they leave campus.