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Major education grant hopes to increase college graduates in Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Memphis leaders announced a major grant to help better educate the city's workforce.

Leadership Memphis and the City of Memphis announced the $1.7 million grant from the Plough Foundation Thursday.  Officials kept the dollar amount quiet until the news conference.

The money will fund the creation of a center called Graduate Memphis designed to increase post-secondary education among adults.

The goal is to generate 8,000 additional college graduates over the next five years.  Officials said the result will be a better qualified workforce, which a recent study showed Memphis is lacking.

"Some of the stats they had were that Memphis ranked 48th out of 51 for adults with a percentage of college education," said Leadership Memphis CEO David Williams.  "We can do better."

An estimated 200,000 adults in the Memphis area have started but never completed a college degree.  This new initiative, which launches July 1, may help them do that.

Graduate Memphis will have a physical presence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, as well as online.

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