For first time, more than half of working age Vermonters have post-secondary education - VT Biz

According to a recent survey 53 percent of working age Vermonters have a degree or certification for post-secondary education. There are more than twice as many in Chittenden County than in Essex County. Whites outrank blanks, who lead American Indians, but Asian-Americans lead all ethnic groups.

“Last year, the state formally adopted the goal that 70 percent of working age Vermonters will hold a “credential of value” – such as an apprenticeship, certificate, or degree – by 2025. While Vermont’s postsecondary attainment rate has increased in recent years, 65,000 more Vermonters ages 25-64 will need to possess a credential of value by 2025 to meet the state target. “Education and training beyond high school is a key determinate of the economic wellbeing of Vermont residents,” said Tom Cheney, Executive Director of Advance Vermont. “We are pleased to see the number of Vermonters with education after high school grow, though much work remains, especially in light of COVID-19. The unequal impact the pandemic is having on those without a post-high school education underscores the importance of ensuring that every Vermonter can access and afford the education needed to advance in their career, whether it be a short-term certificate or college degree.””

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