Community colleges meet their students where they are and provide them with a wide array of resources they need to succeed -- something alumna Jennifer Morgan-Burt, Class of 2011, knows first-hand.

Jennifer overcame long odds to progress to her career in social work. She dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and earned her GED when she was 20 and pregnant. Twelve years later, at 32, Jennifer came to JCC and excelled in our developmental studies program. She graduated with high honors and distinguished herself by earning induction to Phi Theta Kappa. She then went on to earn a degree from Empire State College with high honors. In the workforce, Jennifer found her calling as a homeless intervention specialist at Cattaraugus Community Action and then became a program manager for a single room occupancy facility. She went on to pursue a Master's in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Jennifer was featured in a report by the New York Community College Association of Presidents, the City University of New York, and the State University of New York, entitled "New York's Community Colleges: Springboard to Success." 

The report says community colleges like JCC are the driving force behind strengthening the economic power & educational readiness of New York State. This provides a significant return on investment, not only to students, but also to taxpayers, employers & local communities. The report details how community colleges collectively added $809 billion in income to the US economy. In New York, SUNY and CUNY community colleges serve among the largest populations of public higher education, with nearly 240,000 students enrolled at the 30 SUNY community colleges, in addition to more than 98,000 students at seven CUNY institutions.

To read more, click the report cover below!

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