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      College and Career Readiness

      Posted on October 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Photo Content: Flickr User J. Stephen Conn
      Photo Content: Flickr User J. Stephen Conn; Minnesota State University, Moorhead

      Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that 70 percent of all jobs in Minnesota will require at least some postsecondary education by 2018. To meet those growing demand for an educated workforce, Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature enacted real reforms to ensure Minnesota kids are prepared for the good jobs of tomorrow.

      To build a world-class workforce, they invested in initiatives proven to make a big impact like early-childhood education and all-day, every-day kindergarten. Investments like these will help close Minnesota’s achievement and improve our economy for years to come.

      Critically, the Governor and legislature also worked to reform testing. Minnesota will replacing the GRAD test with a new test that is similar to the ACT, which will do a better job of indicating whether our students are prepared for college or careers.
      More details from the Georgetown University Study:

      • Between 2008 and 2018, new jobs in Minnesota requiring postsecondary education and training will grow by 152,000 while jobs for high school graduates and dropouts will grow by 28,000.
      • Between 2008 and 2018, Minnesota will create 902,000 job vacancies both from new jobs and from job openings due to retirement.
      • 620,000 of these job vacancies will be for those with postsecondary credentials, 227,000 for high school graduates and 55,000 for high school dropouts.
      • Minnesota ranks 5th in terms of the proportion of its 2018 jobs that will require a Bachelor’s degree, and is 48th in jobs for high school dropouts.

      You can learn about growing our economy on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council webpage