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Most of the fast-growing occupations in the state require degrees or vocational certificates, but a recent study by Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that only half of students who go to Virginia colleges earn degrees.

"Another striking indicator is that 56 percent of incoming freshman at Virginia's community colleges require remedial instruction," says project leader Aris Bearse.

The report recommended structural changes to improve program coordination for college and career readiness that also aligns with workforce trends. Another recommendation says the stat should consider requiring more interaction between the State Education and Higher Education Boards.

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