It’s no secret that a significant portion of today’s jobs require postsecondary education. That number will continue to grow.

It puts Mississippi — which dramatically trails the nation in the percentage of its adults with degrees — at a significant disadvantage.

And that’s why the state’s higher education leaders are working together on an initiative to help more Mississippians earn those degrees.

“Complete 2 Compete” targets adults who are close to finishing a two-year or four-year degree, but who have not yet done so. It is a partnership of Mississippi Public Universities, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. ...

State officials have said more than 2,400 residents can earn a bachelor’s degree with no additional work, and more than 28,000 can earn a two-year associate’s degree with no additional work. More than 100,000 Mississippians can earn a degree with some additional work.

These are the individuals “Complete 2 Compete” hopes to reach. ...

We applaud such creative collaboration that will make a dramatic, positive impact on so many individual Mississippians, and on the state as a whole.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo.

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