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Increasing postsecondary enrollment could generate billions of dollars in Arizona

Less than half of all Arizona high school graduates go on to enroll in some kind of postsecondary education.

In 2021, the last year for which data are available, the number was around 47%.

Rich Nickel says that’s a problem — and one that involves both the education community and the business one.

Nickel is president and CEO of the nonprofit Education Forward Arizona. He joined The Show to discuss what leaders are doing to increase the number.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.