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Dana Thompson, a student at Ridgewater College's Willmar campus, studies Thursday in the college library. According to the newest data, nearly 12 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds, or 3.4 million, were enrolled in community colleges across the nation in 2008. That number is an increase from 10.9 percent the year prior. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Record 11.5 million Americans age 18-24 opt for higher education

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Some are there because of the recession, and others despite it. Regardless, more young Americans than ever are in college -- especially community college, according to a new report.

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