Why It Matters
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THE NEED

Simply put, a high school diploma is not enough anymore. Getting a college or vocational degree is critical to finding a job, succeeding at that job, and supporting a family. While Montgomery County has an excellent public school system and is relatively affluent, there is an enormous opportunity gap. Many qualified low-income high school graduates do not make it to and through college simply because they lack the support they need to navigate the complexities of higher education.

FINDING A JOB

By 2018, two thirds of all jobs in Maryland will require a postsecondary education. Montgomery County’s strong economy relies on a well-educated workforce. However, far too many motivated graduates from the MCPS’ fastest growing demographic groups—low-income families and minorities—do not enroll, persist, and graduate with a degree or certificate compared to their more affluent peers.

By 2020, almost 70% of Maryland's jobs will require higher education.

SUCCEEDING AT WORK

Workers with Bachelor’s degrees earn over $1 million more over their working lives than high school graduates and are also less likely to be unemployed.

SUPPORTING A FAMILY

A family of four requires at least $79,330 in annual income to live in Montgomery County. The costs add up quickly — the graph to to the right breaks them down.

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