Help Wanted: Future Education Requirements

Here’s yet more evidence for the importance of the recent focus on college and career readiness.  A recently published study out of Georgetown, Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018 , reveals that the U.S. may not be producing enough college graduates to keep up with the demands of the economy:

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that by 2018, we will need 22 million new college degrees – but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million post-secondary degrees, Associate’s or better.  In addition, we will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates.  At a time when every job is precious, this shortfall will mean lost economic opportunity for millions of American workers.

That’s alarming data.  We’ve written before on the importance of focusing on the literacy demands of the post-secondary world.  Let’s hope that the recent emphasis on college and career readiness helps narrow that gap and prepares all of our students for life after high school

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