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Colorado has big gaps in who finishes college. Can a post-pandemic push turn the tide?

Jason Gonzales
Chalkbeat - Colorado
Reginaldo Haro-Flores raises his hand during a sports management class this month at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Eli Imadali/Chalkbeat

COLORADO — Reginaldo Haro-Flores knew finishing college would be an uphill battle.

As the first in his family to go to a four-year university, he faced a struggle to pay tuition, buy textbooks and supplies, and balance a job while still helping to support his parents, who questioned the value of a college education. 

Haro-Flores enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado in 2016, among a growing number of Latino Coloradans in the past decade heading to college. But like many in this wave, Haro-Flores never finished, contributing to the persistent gap in college completion. 



Even as a more diverse group of students have enrolled in college, Colorado’s ethnic and racial gaps among bachelor’s and graduate degree holders barely budged from 2010 to 2020, Census data shows. 

The gaps are even wider among those earning any type of postsecondary credential. As of 2020, almost 60% of white residents held some kind of college credential, including industry certificates. But only 38% of Black residents and 25% of Latino residents did.



This story is from Co.Chalkbeat.org.


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