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Post-secondary education needs to be revamped, expert tells Tulsa Regional Chamber

(MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World)

 

Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, speaks at the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s state of education event on Thursday at the Renaissance Hotel.

 

 

College might not be for everybody, but post-secondary education is, a leading authority on the subject told the Tulsa Regional Chamber on Thursday.

 

“There are times when people say, ‘Not everyone needs to go to college,’ ” said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation. “And there are times when people say, ‘It’s just not worth the cost.’ And I will agree that maybe not everyone needs a bachelor’s degree.

 

“But everyone actually does need to have some sort of post-high school learning — unless any of us are OK with someone being able to earn only $9,000 a year.”

 

Howard said Tennessee found that’s the average annual income in that state of those with high school diplomas but no post-secondary education two years after graduation.

 

A big reason for that is because 99 percent of jobs created since the Great Recession require some sort of post-high school credential, Howard said.

 

That may also be one reason many sectors of the economy report labor shortages. Howard’s Lumina Foundation says about 48% of Americans ages 25-64 have some form of post-secondary education, whether it be an advanced graduate degree or an industry or skill certification.

 

Read more at the Tulsa World here.

 

 

 

 

 

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