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Millions on Drop Outs?
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A new report says Wyoming spends $4.3 million a year on first-year community college students who then drop out of school. The report out Thursday from the American Institutes of Research says that from 2004 to 2009, about $21 million in state appropriations and grants were spent on community college students who dropped out after their first year.
The Casper Star-Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/3rh7kdo ) reports the study was funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Wyoming ranks in the lower half of all states for first-year student attrition costs. Jim Rose, executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, says the commission is working to improve those results.