Illinois colleges, university work to help first-generation students graduate

Twenty-five Illinois colleges and universities are making an effort to improve the graduation rates for African American and Latino students.

Partnership for College Completion, a nonprofit that aims to provide more resources for first-generation college students, is bringing together the institutions to close the gap in college graduation rates. They are particularly focused on low income African-Americans and Latinos.

“African-American students and Latino students are graduating at significantly lower rates than white students and higher income students,” said Kyle Westbrook, executive director of Partnership for College Completion.

Erik Flynn is the first in his Latino family to go to college. His goal is to graduate in 4 years, but Flynn knows navigating the college process is challenging…

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