An Ambitious Attainment Goal for NC

Before recently, North Carolina was one of only nine states in the country without a statewide goal for educational attainment. At a time when employers are struggling to find qualified, skilled workers to fill their open positions, it’s clear that we needed a common goal & better alignment across business, education and government to prepare a competitive, 21st century workforce. Though strengthening the talent pipeline will take work across all stages of an education journey, the work of the myFutureNC Commission is a step in the right direction.

Launched last year, the myFutureNC Commission is a group of leaders from business, government, education, nonprofits and more who came together to develop a multi-year plan and a broad-based agenda to make North Carolina’s workforce more competitive, starting with setting an attainment goal. In February, they announced the goal that will guide their continued work: by 2030, 2 million North Carolinians between 25 and 44 will have a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential. 

The importance of postsecondary degrees or credentials can’t be understated. According to the News & Observer: “67% of North Carolina jobs require more than just a high school degree, but less than half of our workforce is prepared to take them on. Just 49% of 25- to 44-year-olds — 1.4 million North Carolinians total — have achieved some form of postsecondary education.”

We are encouraged by this ambitious attainment goal & look forward to working with stakeholders across many industry sectors to achieve it. Read the full report from myFutureNC here.

Sincerely,

Gary J. Salamido
Chief Operating Officer and Acting President
NC Chamber

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