State governors fund grants to help postsecondary collaboration, best practice creation, and alignment with public school curricula
To further governors’ efforts to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the National Governors Association (NGA) this week announced support for 14 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
By increasing the number of citizens with a postsecondary degree or relevant workforce certificate, the NGA hopes more people will have access to the middle class and beyond, companies will have a better prepared workforce and states will benefit from a stronger economy.
“A postsecondary degree or relevant workforce certificate is the ‘new minimum’ for the future workforce to achieve to meet the demands of the emerging job market and access a middle-class life or beyond,” the NGA said in a statement. “Fifty years ago, nearly 80 percent of jobs required only a high school diploma or less, and most paid a good wage. Today that number has dropped to 35 percent for jobs available to high school graduates and dropouts, and more than two-thirds of those jobs pay less than $25,000 a year. The emerging economy will provide few high-paying jobs for workers with a high school education or less.”
(Next page: What the funds will target)