Kelly's Comments: Making College a Reality

A representative from Walsh College visits with the students in the Girls' After-School Tutoring Program.


Making College a Reality

By: Kelly Cousins, Director of Girls' Program Services

We want to empower our girls with a choice.  Not everyone needs to go to college to be successful and happy.  However, it is my belief that everyone should be presented the option to go to college.  And not just the option, but the tools and resources to make that option a reality. And not just the tools, but also the research that shows how college is affecting one’s ability to find a good paying job.  During this current economic recovery, “97% of good jobs added… went to college graduates.”  Not only are the college graduates getting the jobs, but according to the Pew Research Center “the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era… Millennial college graduates ages 25-32 who are working full time earn more annually- about $17,500 more- than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma.”




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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.


"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017


"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016