Barbara Halsey

3000 State University Drive

Sacramento, CA 95819

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A Conversation With Sacramento, California

Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?

Data show that there are nearly 4.5 million working age adults in California between the ages of 25 and 64 with some college but no degree, and more than 345,000 of them are in the eight-county Sacramento region—a disproportionate share of which are people of color and women. Cultivating the overlooked talent pool will accelerate efforts to raise educational attainment, narrow the equity gap and meet our region’s workforce needs.

Who were your first champions?

Sacramento State, Align Capital Region and leaders from the business, government, education and non-profit sectors have joined forces to ensure that programs are aligned with industry needs and that barriers are addressed.

What's your goal? What are you aiming for?

We seek to increase the number of residents with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025. This will enable Sacramento to become a talent hub where employers can attract, hire, retain and promote a qualified workforce.

A talented workforce attracts businesses to the Sacramento region for relocation or expansion. By addressing workforce needs, Sacramento will be able to:

  • Narrow the educational attainment gap
  • Support our region’s economic growth
  • Serve as a model for the state of California

How did an adult completion agenda first come about in your community?

The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State Dean Dr. Jenni Murphy, who is spearheading Project Attain!, earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Sacramento State where her research focused on the projected shortage of postsecondary completions and degree attainment in California. She is continuing this important work through Project Attain!.

Why is your community an awesome place?

Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history and is the capital of California–the 5th largest economy in the world. Our region offers an exceptional quality of life and access to the best that California has to offer. Greater Sacramento is woven from a collection of unique and diverse communities. Hip urban hotspots and cultural attractions live next door to agricultural innovators. High tech meets high mountain trails. It’s a place where the meal you share with friends in the hottest new bistro was grown a dozen miles away, and was probably picked earlier that day. Greater Sacramento is a food community. There isn’t a distinctive Sacramento meal. Greater Sacramento is a place where you can find everything. Variety is the Sacramento region’s flavor.

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Increase the number of Sacramento’s working age adults with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025


Service Area

Eight-County Sacramento Region (Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties)