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.