By Joanne Jacobs
High drop-out rates for male students have inspired the Community College of Denver to focus on helping men stay in school, reports the Denver Post. Fewer than 40 percent of students are men. Each year, one third to one half of male students leave without a credential.
Men are reluctant to seek help, said Ryan Ross, dean of students and retention.
“For some, there’s the pride factor, them saying, ‘I’m a man, I take care of my own and I’m not gonna ask anybody for help,” Ross said. “We have men here who are in dire situations. Maybe they’re homeless; maybe they’re not eating. We have a food bank but they won’t go because they don’t want to show weakness. ”They’ll say, ‘ I’m on the campus, but I don’t want a pity party.’ “
Read more: the Hechinger Report