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October 11, 2017
RICHMOND — Of the 11.5 million jobs added since the great recession, 99% have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce; almost three-quarters have gone to those with a bachelor’s degree or more.
While overall about half of working-age Virginians have degrees, many areas of the state have a much lower rate of educational attainment — 42% of Virginia’s 133 localities have an attainment rate below 30%.
A recent study commissioned by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Virginia529 provides an overview of postsecondary access needs and resources for students by school division and identifies areas in which resources are limited or lacking.
The study, “The Landscape of Postsecondary Access Resources in Virginia,” prepared by Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium at Virginia Commonwealth University, also makes recommendations to improve postsecondary access services, defined as efforts to increase access to all types of training or education after high school.
“This report shows why Governor McAuliffe’s focus on educational access is so important,” said Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “All students deserve the skills and training they need to be successful in the new Virginia economy.”
The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, the state’s strategic plan, directs the Commonwealth to increase the percentage of Virginians with a degree or workforce credential, with the goal of being the best-educated state in the nation by 2030.