An editorial from the Asbury Park Press: Jobs and skills a good match

November 7th, 2017

“Only slightly more than one-third of the over-25 population in New Jersey has a bachelor’s degree or higher. An even larger percentage has no education beyond high school. In a world in which advanced education is essential to moving up the economic ladder and to the U.S. remaining competitive with other nations, that’s a major problem.

“In recognition of that, as well as the failures of New Jersey’s educational system to better prepare students for the working world, Rowan College at Gloucester has created the “Rowan Consortium,” a program aimed at combining and coordinating education and job training to better prepare students with skills needed to enter the workforce.

“The goal of the program is to create partnerships between vocational-technical schools, county colleges and four-year colleges and universities to create degree programs designed to meet the state’s labor needs while making college more accessible and affordable. State Sen. Steve Sweeney said he will introduce legislation that would support the efforts of other colleges, universities and vo-tech school districts to establish similar programs…

“In today’s competitive high-tech world, not everyone needs a four-year degree. But everyone needs, and deserves, opportunities to learn skills that will enable them to make a good living for themselves and their families…

Read the whole editorial.

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