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What is the best incentive to ensure student retention at community colleges?

As we are in a pandemic, many students are dropping out of college or overall not applying. This is due to many barriers, so what can colleges do to help. #college-advice #college #studentretention #studentsuccess

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Robin F.’s Answer

I think that counseling and support services can help students solve the problems that to cause them to drop out or prevent them from applying to begin with. Often there are solutions, but students struggle to develop them on their own because they're discouraged, overwhelmed by obstacles, or simply lack enough life experience to come up with a creative way to work around the obstacle.

Creating mentorship opportunities between students and professionals or reaching out to students who have dropped out a community colleges could allow concerned adults to talk through problems and develop a plan to keep students in school and further their education.

At risk students often lack support from families that have less experience with higher education or are enmeshed in their own challenges. A listening ear and practical encouragement can help students who are struggling find a way forward.
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Mary’s Answer

Support and provision of work placements within programmes could incentivize students to complete their chosen area of qualification. The students can earn while they learn, so the student, workplace and college all win. Partnerships with major local employers are highly recommended to provide annual salary for the student as well as allowing time for the student to attend college either at company offices, on college campus or at the student's home through online study.
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