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Mississippi wants former college students to finish degrees

Leaders of Mississippi’s universities and community colleges are announcing a plan to encourage people to complete college degrees.

The Complete 2 Compete program aims at people who started college but never earned a degree or certificate.

Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday at a College Board meeting that the state could use workforce training money and grants to fund an estimated $1.5 million cost, but said students could have to pay for needed classes.

Census figures show 29 percent of Mississippians older than 25 have a two-year or four-year college degree, but another 23 percent took college courses and never earned a degree. Of students with some college, some may already qualify for a degree or be close to completing one.

The program parallels one announced in Tennessee in 2015.

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