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Strategic Goal By 2015, improve the career, college, and life readiness of Maricopa County youth as evidenced by having 85% of Maricopa County residents with educational attainment of at least a high-school diploma or equivalency

Trend over time:

Educational Attainment of Population > Age 25

Why this is Important:

Improving the life readiness of youth so they can successfully participate in college and other post-secondary education will provide life-long opportunities and enhance their future success. Maricopa County is working to promote, expand, and improve County-sponsored programs and activities for young people in the County to help them build their skills, develop a sense of civic involvement in the community, and successfully complete their education.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County plays a limited role in directly influencing academic achievement. The county's primary role is to ensure healthy students and provide educational support programs to targeted populations. Maricopa County government influences this through the work of the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCES) and the numerous and varied programs across County departments to assist young people with their education. For example, the Human Services Department provides direct service and also contracts with agencies that provide education and training programs to assist clients, both adults and youth/young adults, to develop essential job skills, including assistance in achieving a high school diploma or GED. The department serves disadvantaged adults and youth with low basic skills; adults and youth with prior criminal justice system involvement; youth and adults with developmental disabilities; and adults with mental illness working towards recovery. In addition, the department contracts for job counseling and placement services, and assists in the coordination of employment supports.

How progress is measured:

Percent of County population more than 25 years of age that have attained a high school diploma or equivalency

Where we are:

Current indicator value (FY2010): 84.3%

According the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, 84.3% of people 25 years and over in Maricopa County had a least graduated from high school. This is a slight decline from the 84.7% reported in 2009.

Educational attainment of the population over age 25 has remained steady.

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