Ohio Excels leads the Complete to Compete Ohio Coalition, a public-private coalition of more than 40 member organizations from Ohio’s education and workforce systems, including employers, educators, and the leaders of state agencies, statewide associations, unions, philanthropies and community organizations from across the state.
The coalition’s mission is to raise awareness about the importance of earning the high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees that Ohioans need to earn a living wage and close Ohio’s skills gap, coordinate and collaborate on efforts to increase attainment and provide technical assistance to other champions of attainment.
For the past three years, the coalition has been hosting events to highlight the importance of attainment and its impact on individuals and on the economy of our state, creating communication tools, researching best practices and developing common points of advocacy.
Too few Ohioans have the knowledge and skills required to compete for the in-demand jobs of today’s economy. That means more Ohioans must attain advanced education levels represented by high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees. In 2018, only 49.2 percent of Ohioans had earned a high-value credential or postsecondary degree – putting Ohio two points below the national average and ranking us 31 out of 50 states. According to economists, the ideal attainment rate to best position a state for competitive success is 65 percent.
The purpose of this plan is to guide the efforts of the Complete to Compete Ohio Coalition as it helps Ohioans’ attain high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees across the state.
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