Ohio faces a workforce development imperative to address a widely reported mismatch between employer needs and job-seeker knowledge and skills. To successfully compete for business investment and jobs, Ohio must significantly increase the number of its citizens with postsecondary education credentials relevant in the workplace. For Ohio employers to prosper in a global economy, they must have world-class talent with verifiable knowledge and skills aligned with specific workplace needs. And for Ohio citizens to maximize their job, wage and career advancement opportunities, they must possess trusted credentials that reliably document their qualifications and readiness for employment.
That is why we have established a bold statewide goal for educational attainment:
65 percent of Ohioans, ages 25-64, will have a degree, certificate or other postsecondary workforce credential of value in the workplace by 2025.