Where Have California’s Black College Students Gone?

From The Sacramento Bee:

Robert Terry is unsure of his next step.

Since graduating from Sacramento’s Sheldon High School in May, the 18-year-old has been working and weighing the options for continuing his education.

African Americans were vastly overrepresented at major for-profit chains like Heald College and ITT Tech, which closed in September.

African Americans were vastly overrepresented at major for-profit chains like Heald College and ITT Tech, which closed in September.Jessica Hice jhice@sacbee.com

Terry thought about attending a trade school to learn a hands-on skill, and he’s still considering getting a phlebotomy technician certificate, which would get him into the workforce and out on his own sooner. But for now, he’s looking forward to starting at Sacramento City College next month with plans to enter the medical field, perhaps as a nurse.

“I wanted to sit there and think whether this was what I wanted to do,” he said.

Across California this month, hundreds of thousands of students are sending in college applications and hoping for letters of acceptance from their dream schools. But fewer of them are African American, like Terry, even as more black students have become eligible to attend the state’s public universities.

Over the past decade, a surge of African American enrollment at California colleges, driven particularly by rapid expansion of the for-profit sector, just as quickly reversed course.

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