What is Completion Week?
The 37 State University of New York (SUNY)
and City University of New York (CUNY)
community colleges have set aside the week of Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, 2014 to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools. Community colleges statewide will hold special events, workshops, guest lectures and counseling sessions to help students understand how completing a degree can change their lives, change their communities and change the nation.
Why Community Colleges?
- About half of all undergraduate students in the country attend community colleges.
- Nearly one million "middle-skill" job openings - positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree - are projected for New York state by 2018.
- Students who complete an associates degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
- Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school graduates
- New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an associates degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
- the nation needs more college graduates to stay competitive. The United States used to lead the world in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks 12th among 36 developed nations.