More students earning degrees in Milwaukee than other cities in Wisconsin

Increasing numbers of high school students are realizing the importance of attaining a college education. In today's economic climate, many seniors are making the decision to pursue a college degree to improve their employment prospects and make an investment in their future.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, more students in the city are enrolling in college degree programs than any other city in Wisconsin, though the state is still behind the national average of college admissions. The newspaper reports that Census data that was released last week indicates that in 2000, 18 percent of Milwaukee residents had earned a college degree. This figure rose to 21 percent in 2010.

"College attainment numbers are important for Milwaukee, an important benchmark," Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, told the newspaper. "We have an all-out effort to close the achievement gap. There is a premium on making sure that we get an educated and skilled citizenry."

Although overall employment growth remains sluggish, the number of college graduates who are unemployed fell recently, indicating the importance of investing in higher education. According to the International Business Times, the number of college graduates actively seeking employment fell from 5 percent to 4.3 percent since August 2010.

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