Brief | June 16, 2020

Building Postsecondary Pathways Today for the Economy of Tomorrow

Investments in high-quality career-technical education and postsecondary learning will build the skilled workforce that Ohio needs.

By 2025, Ohio is aiming to provide 65 percent of its residents with a high-quality postsecondary degree, certificate, or credential of value. Despite growth in this area over the past decade, only 49.2 percent of residents today are equipped with such a credential. Our future economy demands that we equip Ohioans today with the skills and credentials necessary to compete in tomorrow’s workforce. Pathways to and through postsecondary education will help ensure that we achieve and surpass our goal so Ohio’s economy thrives in the future.

Our state’s economy and future depend on equipping students with the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the workforce. Increasing access to postsecondary pathways is imperative to Ohio’s success.

Mike Throne, President/CEO, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce

Across the state, 33 percent of Ohio residents have no education beyond high school. By 2025, the state is expected to fall nearly one million residents short of its goal. To prepare our students with the skills and credentials they need, Ohio must invest in expanding postsecondary pathways. Proven models across the state such as Tech Cred, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG), and the Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship help expand access and boost attainment for students statewide.

For our state to compete now and in the future, we must continue expanding and building out opportunities that will equip our students with the skills they need today to thrive in our businesses tomorrow.


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