Nearly 75% of Miss. workers without postsecondary degree
by Ross Reily
Published: November 3,2010
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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