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Achieve60AZ Partnership Aims To Raise Number of Residents With College Degrees

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Rachel Yanof, executive director of Achieve60AZ, speaks Tuesday, April 16 at Arizona Western College in Yuma.

Education and community leaders gathered Tuesday at Arizona Western College to discuss how more of the state’s residents can work toward earning a college degree. A group called Achieve60AZ led the discussion.

Achieve60AZ is a partnership among more than 70 organizations throughout Arizona whose goal is that 60 percent of adults in the state will have earned a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030. According to Achieve60AZ, about 45 percent of Arizonans currently have a college degree or higher.

It will take a community effort to get students thinking about college from an early age, education leaders said Tuesday at the release of a State of Attainment Report.

“Yuma’s got this amazing opportunity with such a high graduation rate from high school to really capitalize on ensuring that every resident has that pathway and sees the success metric of a postsecondary (degree) attainment goal,” said Rachel Yanof, executive director for Achieve60AZ.

Among those in attendance Tuesday were Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls and AWC President Daniel Corr, as well as representatives from community non-profit agencies including Campesinos Sin Fronteras and the Regional Center for Border Health.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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