States Reach Out to Get Former Students Back in School

When Laken Blount got a call from a man who claimed she’d earned enough college credits to earn an associate degree, she was skeptical. “I was going to hang up,” she recalls. “I thought they just wanted money from me.”

But when the caller started sharing specifics about her prior enrollment dates and courses, the 32-year-old mother of two from Southaven, Mississippi, grew curious. It turned out he was from Complete 2 Compete, a statewide initiative that is part of a growing effort to get millions of American adults to finish their college degrees.

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