Luis Hernandez, 18, rides the RTD train to college classes after putting in a full shift at an ink and toner cartridge company in Denver. Hernandez often reflects on circumstances that enabled him but not his older brother to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver. (Eli Imadali/Chalkbeat)

Two Hispanic brothers wanted to go to college in Colorado. Here’s why only one made it.

Two brothers saw higher education as a way into careers that would pay well and let them work hard with their minds, not their backs. Only one made it to college.

A student at Muskegon Community College in Michigan, which has seen enrollment increase because of the state's Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs. (Wikicommons)

Community colleges keep losing students. Can targeted programs change that?

As community college enrollment continues to drop nationwide, colleges in states like Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia are seeing success with state-subsidized programs focused on career-oriented credentials.