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Ohio Still Far Short Of Goal For More College Graduates

Ohio State University

State officials have been working to ease what they call a looming crisis of Ohio having too few college graduates. An update on that goal shows there's still a lot of work left to be done.

The state estimates that at the current rate of higher education achievement, by 2025 there will be almost 2 million Ohioans without the education or training they would need in the workforce. 

So higher education Chancellor John Carey says the state wants 1.7 million more adults, or 65 percent of Ohioans, to have college degrees or certificates in the next eight years.

“We have a long way to go. We’re about 43 percent in Ohio right now," Carey says.

The state hopes to raise that by suggesting post-secondary education to people of all races and ages, and for them to seek credentials for in-demand jobs.

Nearly 30 percent of Ohioans in poverty have less than a high school diploma, but only five percent of those in poverty have a bachelor’s degree or higher.