Nonprofit Degree Forward Helps People Finish College Degrees

"There are no grades.

There are no exams and you cannot fail."

Those are the words of Danielle North, founder of Degree Forward, a Detroit nonprofit that has helped hundreds of people earn degrees they may have been working toward for years, Fox 2 reports.

The nonprofit offers online and face-to-face support for people who are struggling to finish college, Fox 2 reports.

"It was imperative for me to finish my degree for myself, to help me with my future career path," says Andrew Linton, a 34-year-old Detroiter who just earned a bachelor's degree in health care management with a concentration in communications.

Degree Forward works with people who have dropped out, have family members who are struggling to finish college, or have other barriers that keep them from getting their degrees, Fox 2 reports.

According to North, Degree Forward has helped more than 2,800 people earn degrees since it started in 2012.

The group also launched its Black Male Achievement Initiative to increase the number of Black male graduates and improve the financial well-being of Black men in the Detroit area.

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