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Ohio Considers Plan To Boost Adult Postsecondary Education

Ohio's Adult Diploma Program graduated 78 adults who didn't have high school diplomas in 2016.
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Ohio's Adult Diploma Program graduated 78 adults who didn't have high school diplomas in 2016.

The Ohio State Board of Education meets Monday and Tuesday, with the aim of finding a plan for a population they don't typically serve: adults.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education put together the "Ohio Attainment Goal 2025." It wants to see 65 percent of Ohioans between the ages of 25 and 64 attain some form of postsecondary credential by 2025.

“This is inclusive of high quality training programs and credentials, getting someone who is certified as a welder or someone also who is going through a plumber’s apprentice program,” says Brett Visger, of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

According to the department’s report on the Ohio Attainment Goal 2025, 43 percent of working-age Ohioans have postsecondary certificates or higher forms of education.

Visger says Ohio needs to focus on reaching out to a variety of communities.

“We’d like to put emphasis on looking at where we have gaps from significant populations - rural areas, low income populations, first generation to go to college, students of color - and close those gaps,"  Visger says.

Visger says it's important that education institutions strive to increase access and knowledge about education opportunities so the state can compete in a world with fast-changing technology.

The state board of education plans to vote Tuesday on whether to adopt the resolution.