Why Focus On Educational Attainment?
Achieving Educational Attainment is key to creating a vibrant community. As of 2018, only 29% of Wayne County’s adults, ages 25-64, have an Associate’s Degree or higher. Our goal is to increase this number by 1% each year and to reach 35% by 2025.
In the pillar of Our People, Forward Wayne County is focused on Educational Attainment. Creating a strong pathway from Pre-K through Post Secondary Education is crucial to developing talent and maintaining economic success in Wayne County.
We believe if more of our residents achieve educational attainment, our community as a whole will benefit. Research supports this belief. To make it happen, we must go beyond Early Childhood Success efforts like increasing the percentage of toddlers enrolled in a high-quality preschool. We have to ensure there is support through a child’s school life cycle and walk alongside their journey to post-secondary education. We must also work together to help our adult residents return to school to obtain a certification, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or higher.
In the future, jobs and economic opportunities will require knowledge, skills, and abilities that will require a robust education and workforce development system. In order to foster a vibrant economy and promote prosperity, Forward Wayne County is geared to evaluate and improve the current education-to-work pipeline in Wayne County.
How Are We Helping Wayne County Achieve This Goal?
Forward Wayne County has established a Workforce Development Coalition. This coalition includes members from our higher education institutions, K-12 schools, employers, and others. These members work collaboratively to develop programs, initiatives, and more to bring about change.
“In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a prerequisite.”
– Barack Obama