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Nearly 75% of Miss. workers without postsecondary degree

JACKSON — Almost 75 percent of Mississippi’s working-age adults do not have a postsecondary degree, according to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC).

This finding is included in a recently released study by MEPC on workforce development in the state and ways to build more seamless pathways to postsecondary education and higher wages for workers.

“The most important part of this study is the elevation of sector initiatives as a viable workforce training strategy in the state… Giving our low-skilled, low-wage workers the opportunity to move up the economic ladder,” said Ed Sivak, MEPC director.

Sector initiatives are data-driven and aren’t just “training for training’s sake.” They involve identifying what skills are needed by specific employers in different regions of Mississippi. They “ensure that students who invest their time to get trained are going to have marketable skills,” Sivak said.

Read the report Building Pathways to Credentials and Careers.

MEPC is a non-profit that conducts independent research on public policy issues affecting working Mississippians. It receives support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Mississippi. MEPC is managed by the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

One comment

  1. Thats an interesting tidbit there. I know with our government pushing for education and people getting college degrees this number is definiltey going to decrease over the years. I’m hoping after yesterdays elections this trend will continue as we push for a more educated country. I also hope our new officials work to restore the economy and jobs.

    About a year ago my business was really struggling with the down economy and I was thinking about laying off several employees. Knowing these actions would come with severe consequenes I decided to consult with Action Coach. They are a professional business coaching firm and they helped me restructure me bussiness to the point where things are better than ever. If you want more info on them go to http://www.coachmybusiness.net

    What I am getting at is the decisions we make today will have huge effects on the events of tomorrow. Every action has a reaction and we have to be aware of the consequences, otherwise we will continue to dig ourselves deeper into a hole.

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