Monday, February 18, 2008

Career Education Programs Could be a Solution

Short term job training through vocational programs could be an answer for the state of Indiana.

A recent study conducted by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems finds nearly one million Indiana workers lack the necessary skills, education and training to succeed in Indiana's workforce.

This translates to 23.6% of the state's workforce or about 931,366 adults ages 18-64. The study, released by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, will be examined by a committee that will ultimately make recommendations which could become a blueprint for small or medium-sized businesses.

Some key findings in the study:
-16.5% of adults struggle to earn a living wage
-12% have not finished high school
-Indiana ranks 41st in the nation in the percentage of working-age adults with an associate's degree or higher.

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