Senator Peggy Lehner Addressing Packed Room in Ohio Statehouse During "Data-Walk" Luncheon

COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) yesterday joined Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Youngstown University President Jim Tressel, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, and Stanford University Economist Eric Hanushek to host a day of discussion about the direct link between Ohio's competitive workforce and increasing citizens' education levels.


"Ohio's competitiveness is inextricably linked to increasing the number of Ohioans with a college degree or credential," said Lehner. "Our children, young people who will be leaving high school soon, and even adults already in the workforce, must understand that people with post-secondary educations will get—and keep—the good jobs. Everyone else risks living on the financial edge."


While Ohio’s goal is that by 2025, 65 percent of all working-age adults will have a 2- or 4-year college degree or credential, just 44 percent of Ohioans currently achieve to that level. Thirty-two states have attainment rates that outperform Ohio, and nine states have already crossed the 50 percent mark.


“Our students at Youngstown State are building their, and Ohio’s, future through education,” said President Tressel. “Every young person needs to understand that education is an investment that keeps paying throughout their lives. When they succeed, so does Ohio.”


Cradle to career initiatives, a common theme of today's discussions, seek to build the capacity of communities to improve educational outcomes for every child from cradle to career by providing strategic assistance, network communications and high-quality resources.


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