BTC BRIEF: The Key to Sustainable Re-Employment - Mapping Credential Programs to Industry Growth

By Alexandra Forter Sirota and Allan Freyer
Budget & Tax Center
October 2012


  • Nearly 61 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require some form of post-secondary education as early as 2020.
  • Achieving a target of 60 percent of working-age adults with post-secondary credentials would require a 4.5 percent average annual increase in post-secondary attainment. Annual per capita income would increase ten-fold over the trajectory with current attainment levels.
  • For credential programs to be effective for workers, industry and the broader economy, it is critical that they align with industries with the potential for growth and family-sustaining wages.
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