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The growth rate at which adult learners earned two-year college degrees was faster than younger students in the years following the recent economic downturn, according to findings released by the National Student Clearinghouse.

In a snapshot report containing data as current as September, degree attainment among different age groups is examined. The report showed a period of accelerated growth in two-year college degree attainment from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

The growth rate across all age groups peaked in 2010-11, with 328,589 degrees awarded to people younger than 25. Additionally, there were 305,528 degrees awarded to people aged 25-39; and 129,816 degrees awarded to people aged 40 and older.

Though the number of degrees awarded to each age group decreased in 2011-12, the totals remained well above pre-recession levels. In 2011-12, the overall total growth across all age groups was 18%.

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