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Educational Attainment

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.

Contact us to learn more about this coalition and how you may be able to help. You can track our progress towards our goal of 35% on Our Progress page.

“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