Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

| November 23, 2016

By Charity Bidegian • Cronkite News •   Capitol Media Services • Arizona Capitol Times

Cassidy Hancock drives 20 miles each way, Monday through Friday, to attend Tombstone High School, where she is currently a senior. Hancock is taking nursing classes through the school and volunteers at Quiburi Mission Samaritan Center, a nursing home in Benson.

She would love to go to college on a softball scholarship and study to become a forensic anthropologist, but she’s not sure if it is going to happen.

“It’s kind of hard here because nobody really takes the time to look at Tombstone because we are all the way out here,” she said.

Maricopa County (home of Arizona State University), Pima County (home of the University of Arizona), and Coconino County (home of Northern Arizona University) all have bachelor degree completion rates of 30 percent or higher, while the rest of the state ranges from 10 to 24 percent.

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