Educational Attainment for Working Age Adults

Our Mission:


We are committed to increasing the number of Sacramento's working age adults with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025.

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Our Impact

We will implement educational attainment strategies that serve the growing population of working age adults (25-64) with some college but no degree.

We seek to increase the number of residents with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025. This will enable Sacramento to become a talent hub where employers can attract, hire, retain, and promote a qualified workforce.

A talented workforce attracts businesses to the Sacramento region for relocation or expansion. By addressing this shortfall, Sacramento will be able to:

  • Narrow the educational attainment gap

  • Support our region’s economic growth

  • Serve as a model for the state of California




Shortage of  college-educated workers in California by the year 2025



Have Some college, no degree

Within Sacramento area's population



Thousand Working Age Adults

Are within 15 units of completing an academic program in Sacramento county


Who is most affected?

Under-represented and nontraditional students are no longer the exception in post-secondary education — they are the rule.

· Women
· Low-income
· Racial and ethnic minorities
· Working adults
· First-generation

February 2018

Lower rates of education reduce workforce competitiveness while simultaneously increasing the burden for social services. There's ample opportunity to increase attainment while supporting the needs of Sacramento industry clusters.

Dr. Jenni Murphy / College of Continuing Education, Sacramento State


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Get Involved

Be part of the conversation, along with:

  • Academic institutions and scholars
  • Community leaders and employers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • State and local government

We hope you will join the movement.

Project Partners