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Mass. lags in part-time students

Massachusetts lags the nation in part-time time enrollment in colleges and community colleges as well as the rate at which these students complete degrees, according to a report released Wednesday.

These findings were cited by the Commonwealth Corp. a quasipublic organization that funds worker training programs, in a study that examined why workers’ skills are not meeting the demands of employers.

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Part-time programs are a popular way for workers to updates skills and add degrees that can advance their careers, but in Massachusetts, part-time enrollment grew at two-year public colleges by 1.4 percent between 2000 and 2010, compared to 1.9 percent nationally. Part-time enrollment at four-year institutions in Massachusetts declined by 3.3 percent while increasing 3.5 percent nationwide .

Part-time students’ completing degrees also fell below national numbers.

Commonwealth Corporation recommended businesses and academic institutions forge stronger partnerships among other solutions. To view the full report, go to www.commcorp.org.

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