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(March 28, 2023 9:13 AM ET) Jackson College signed the Detroit Regional Talent Compact, an equity-driven initiative led by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees program. The Compact brings together stakeholders from business, philanthropy, government, K-12, and higher education to accomplish two goals: increase the Detroit region’s postsecondary attainment rate to 60 percent and reduce the racial equity gap by half by 2030.

“We are proud to be a part of this comprehensive initiative of a broader southeast Michigan effort to help more students succeed in higher education, whether through the completion of a degree, a workplace credential, or transferring to a baccalaureate institution,” said Jackson College President Daniel J. Phelan. “We join many of our peer community colleges in the state in sharing ideas and experiences that lead to better student outcomes. I am grateful to the Detroit Regional Talent Compact for selecting Jackson College to engage in this very important work.”

Launched in October 2020, statewide and regional partners announced their chosen strategies and commitments to the compact and the dual goals of education attainment and racial equity. The strategies focus on access to education, increasing student success in postsecondary programs, supporting adults as they enter or return to college, and supporting regional businesses to retain and upskill current workers while attracting new talent.

Learn more about the Compact at detroitchamber.com/compact.

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