Arizona lags behind other states in the number of adults who have earned certificates or degrees past high school.
Current statistics tell us that only 18 percent of Arizona public high-school students will graduate from college in six years. Arizona’s high-school graduate college going rates are currently slightly more than 50 percent. This places Arizona 40th in the country, well behind the approximate 75 percent that top-performing states boast.
Less than four of every 10 working adults in Arizona today has earned a certificate or degree.
This is an issue that must be addressed if our state is going to be competitive in the future when two-thirds of jobs will require higher education by 2020. By the time today’s preschoolers complete high school, seven of every 10 jobs will require some type of higher education.
Increasing the number of Arizonans who earn education beyond high school will lead to a more diverse, knowledgeable and innovative workforce that can compete nationally and globally
Building Arizona’s future workforce will attract more businesses to our state, increase the tax base and decrease poverty. Recent research by College Success Arizona indicates that if Arizona simply met the national goal for post-secondary attainment of 60 percent, it would pump an additional $3.5 billion in personal income and tax revenue into the state annually.
Post-secondary education take many forms from earning a certificate or license to earning a bachelor's or associate's degree. Educational options are varied and include technical institutes, apprenticeships, community colleges and universities.
Ensuring that 60 percent of Arizonans 25 and older have a certificate or college degree by 2030 puts us on a path to prosperity – for Arizonans and for our state’s future workforce.