Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the nation’s fourth-largest public school system, yet more than 26% of the county’s Latinos have not graduated from high school and only 22% have earned a bachelor’s degree (compared to 45% of non-Latino whites). In addition, more than 20% of the county’s population lives below the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010). The future of the community is threatened by these educational and achievement gaps. To realize its ultimate vision of a flourishing community anchored firmly in Latino student success, the ¡HACER! partnership has marshaled its resources to help ensure that every student within its reach completes a college degree.
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010
¡HACER! aims to increase percent of Latinos with college degrees in Miami-Dade County from 38% to 60% by 2025. This will enable students to effectively compete in today’s global workforce and create a stronger America and an economically vibrant Miami-Dade county. The below graphic illustrates the difference a college education can make to the lifetime earnings of an individual. By elevating the level of education in the Latino community, ¡HACER! plans to increase the collective earning potential of Miami-Dade County which in turn will draw in new business from around the country and abroad due to the burgeoning highly educated workforce.
Source: ¡HACER! PPT