Education Summit discusses how to achieve 55,000 new college degrees by 2020

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by Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

(WHAS11)  It’s a discussion this panel says is absolutely vital to Metro Louisville; how to educate people. Not just making sure they graduate high school, but graduate college.  “We have the 55,000 college degree goal; more innovation, more jobs,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.
 

The Louisville Urban League hosted an Education Summit at Central High School Saturday.  During last year’s summit, a community wide goal to achieve 55,000 new college degrees by 2020 was set.  This year, this panel discussed ways to make sure it actually happens.
 

Raven Jackson, Vision of Victory said, “I think it’s a very good achievable goal... I plan to be one of those people who get a diploma.”  Jackson is a member of Vision of Victory, a group of youth leading and encouraging other youth to stay in school.  She says support is key to achieving the college degree goal.
 

“I think it’s not having that family support, and also academics, but I think the major one is not having family support.”
 

Mayor Fischer says the public school system also plays a vital role in this, and now is a good time to evaluate the Jefferson County school district.  “One of the critical things is understanding that gap; understanding those goals,” said Fischer.
 

The Urban League says this is one of many education summits you’ll hear of.
 

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