Memphis Mayor AC Wharton on boosting college success with National League of Cities

The National League of Cities' website carries an item about Memphis Mayor AC Wharton's participation in a recent Mayors' Institute on Children and Families workshop on increasing college attainment among cities' adult workforces.

The four participating mayors and their staff and local partners shared similar concerns. Too few workers have the educational attainment and skills needed to obtain well-paying jobs in fast-growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing, bioscience, renewable energy and health care. Moreover, each city struggles with racial, ethnic and economic inequalities in access to postsecondary education.

Wharton has been on board on this issue most recently with a $1.7 million grant from between the Plough Foundation and a partnership with Leadership Memphis to help about 200,000 adults in the Memphis-area adults complete their degrees. The mayor himself provided another anecdote on his work in this area during the workshop, which also included Wharton's counterparts from Salt Lake City, Louisville and Berkeley, Calif.

Mayor Wharton held up the example of a local brewery struggling to find qualified workers that partnered with a Southwest Tennessee Community College to offer specialized training that met their employment needs. 

The article also mentions this appalling statistic, which helps explain why Memphis has so many adults who haven't completed their postsecondary education:

Of the 70 percent of students who graduate from Memphis City Schools, only four percent of those students are considered to be ready for college.

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I think Mayor got a good game plan on assisting the community to get a work that enables them to live a good life. Job well done.

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