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Battling Poverty in Community Colleges

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jan 3, 2019 11:00 pm
  • 19:36

(Originally aired September 10, 2018) Guest: Russell Lowery-Hart, PhD, President, Amarillo College Getting a college degree is a proven pathway out of poverty, but poverty itself is a major barrier to actually getting that degree. A national survey of university students found a third of them had been without a reliable source of food in the last month. And nearly 10 percent had been homelessness in the last year. Among community college students, those numbers are higher. There’s a community college in Amarillo, Texas with an unusually, aggressive approach to making sure poverty doesn’t derail students from their studies.