Idaho has set the goal of having 60 percent of our 25-34-year-old workers hold a postsecondary credential by 2020. This goal was established because studies show 6 out of 10 workers need education after high school to qualify for a job. Unfortunately, that goal is often misunderstood to mean that 60 percent of our workers must obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree. The fact is that we need employees with all levels of postsecondary education — workforce-ready certificates and college degrees. Even as policymakers admit we may not hit the 60 percent goal by the deadline, Idaho’s employers are crying out for workers with more education.

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