Community colleges can keep Gen Z engaged with education.
But we know what this new generation of college students may not: that those who interrupt their education often fail to complete it entirely. A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that of 29 million Americans who identified as “some college, no degree” five years ago, less than 1 million have since completed their associate degree or certificate. If we can educate this generation about the realities of a hyper-competitive job market, we can increase our enrollment at community colleges, at least part-time.
Community colleges should continue to market to non-traditional students when possible. But if your resources are limited, converting on-the-fence Gen Z students—in many cases, by getting them to rethink a gap year—is a step in the right direction toward increasing enrollment. Taking a “gap year,” whether planned or not, is still possible, without getting further behind in their educational and career goals.Download: “Rethinking your gap year”