By 2020, nearly 7 out of 10 of all jobs in Arizona will require more education after high school.
Postsecondary education means training or education after high school that leads to a certification, license or a degree. There are plenty of paths to get there…a technical institute, an apprenticeship, community college, university, or even military service.
But today there aren’t nearly enough adults in Arizona with the training or education beyond high school needed to support the economy we want.
There’s no silver bullet to closing this gap, but the first step is to support the goal for postsecondary attainment that exceeds the needs of our economy. States like Tennessee, Texas and Indiana have set such goals and we ought to do the same if we want to have a competitive edge.
If we can increase attainment in Arizona to 60 percent, it would pump more than $3.5 billion in personal income and tax revenue into the state annually. That revenue could do great things for our communities and our individual quality of life.