Northwest Arkansas' Marshallese work to send more of their own to college

Posted: November 23, 2017 at 1:06 a.m.

The Marshallese community is working to send more of its people into higher education.

Lagging education

Pacific Islanders in Northwest Arkansas, who mostly hail from the Marshall Islands, lagged the region as a whole in educational attainment in 2015 census estimates, the latest year available for this particular group.

Highest education level;Islanders;Northwest Arkansas adults overall

Less than a high school diploma or equivalent;27 percent;15 percent

Diploma or equivalent;52 percent;30 percent

Some college or an associate’s degree;19 percent;26 percent

Bachelor’s or higher;3 percent;29 percent

Source: U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year estimates

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