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Document Number: 8555

Community Colleges: A Route to Upward Economic Mobility - This report takes a look at community colleges compared to traditional, four-year colleges--the advantages, the types of students, the economic returns and the students' educational objectives. It also looks at whether a community college education affects a person's changes of obtaining a more advanced degree and whether students who receive an associate degree prior to obtaining a bachelor's degree have different educational and labor market outcomes than their counterparts who do not have an associate degree. (Natalia Kolesnikova, Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, March 2009)...

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