Two thousand Orange Coast College graduates walked the stage earlier this week and worked their tails off to get there. They beat the odds because half of the students who started with them a couple of years back never returned for the second year.
Those who are off to a UC school will need all the tenacity and patience they can muster. The research shows that after two more years of study, only 14% of them will graduate with a bachelor's degree from that institution. And, if they took remedial classes at their community college, they're half as likely to ever earn that bachelor's degree.
Yes, we all have those stories of students who did it — those who earned a degree in four years after starting at a community college. But the statistics prove the odds are stacked against them.