Retention Study of Capital City Graduates

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There is no question that Tallahassee experiences a brain drain every year with college students graduating and moving on to other cities to pursue careers.

Home to two universities and a college, leaders believe retaining these graduates is vital to Tallahassee's plans for growing and developing in a positive and creative way.

In the second year of a study by Leadership Tallahassee, data shows one in four college graduates stay for at least three years after graduation.

There's a real opportunity for Tallahassee, Florida State, FAMU, TCC and the other colleges in our community to begin working together to help build our economy. We've never really taken advantage of that."

The study shows 82% of FAMU graduates and 80% from FSU grads leave the area, while 38% move on after graduating from TCC.

Therefore TCC grad, including transfers to FSU and FAMU currently show the strongest trend of retention post graduation.

The study, which received a grant from the Knight Foundation, shows 27% of those who graduated from TCC, FAMU and FSU between 2004 to 2006 are still living in the Tallahassee area.

15% of those were originally from the Capital City.

For all the study's details, go to:

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