Ten Arkansas Community Colleges Add $1.1 Billion to State

DECEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new study says that, for every dollar of state and local money provided to ten community colleges in Arkansas, taxpayers will see a return of $3.81 as students from those institutions enter the work force.

Results of the study commissioned by the Arkansas Association for Two-Year Colleges were released yesterday.  It says the ten schools contribute $1.1 billion per year to the state's economy.

The study by Idaho-based C.C. Benefits comes as Arkansas' 22 community colleges seek an additional $44 million in the state's next two-year budget.  Officials believe the statistics show the state is getting more than what it pays for.

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