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As the vital role of community-college education in the country’s economic future is touted nationwide, Hudson Valley is recognized for its high rate of student success

May 20, 2011

This is the disheartening conclusion reached by labor economists at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in a study published last summer titled “Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018.” The study predicts the United States will need 22 million new college degrees by 2018, and that we will be at least 3 million post-secondary degrees—associate’s or higher—short of that number. Additionally, it anticipates that we will need 4.7 million new workers with post-secondary certificates in technical, production and health occupations, among others. The study concludes that this disparity translates into lost economic opportunity for millions of Americans over the next several years and is likely to have a significant negative impact on economic recovery nationwide.

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