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Can Starbucks Help This Barista Get a College Degree?

May 07, 2015 | 22 videos
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In the May issue of The Atlantic, Amanda Ripley wrote about a unique partnership between Starbucks and Arizona State University. Thirty-five million Americans now have some college experience but no degree, Ripley explained. Last summer, in an unusual attempt to reverse this trend, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee giant would help employees finish college. In this segment from PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff interviews Schultz, Ripley, Arizona State president Michael M. Crow, and a Starbucks barista who enrolled in the online program.

This video includes narration reporting that U.S. student debt totals $1.3 billion. The correct figure is 1.3 trillion. This has been corrected in the PBS NewsHour transcript.

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