What the Evidence Tells Us
At no time in history has the attainment of a postsecondary credential been more important – to individual citizens and to our state and nation. Education is a key driver of economic prosperity.
For individuals, we know that a college education reduces the likelihood of unemployment and raises the graduate’s standard of living. An Associate’s degree increases average annual income by $8900.
By 2018, an estimated 66% of all jobs will require a skill-based certificate or college degree. In addition to technical expertise, employers report critical needs for talented individuals who are effective listeners and critical thinkers. The U.S. has fallen behind other developed nations in college degree attainment, a gap with serious economic ramifications. Our national goal to have 60% of American workers hold a college degree by 2020 is likely to fall five million degrees short. Nationally, approximately 40% of working age adults hold a college degree. In Michigan, that number drops to 38.4%. In Clare and Gladwin counties, the number is below 12%.
Armed with this knowledge and motivated to contribute to the prosperity of our students, our region, and our state, Mid is committed to student success by increasing skill-based certificate and degree attainment.
 American Association of Community Colleges, “Empowering Community Colleges to Build the Nation’s Future: An Implementation Guide,” http://www.aacc21stcenturycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/EmpoweringCommunityColleges_final.pdf (accessed November 18,2015).
 American Association of Colleges & Universities, “It Takes More Than a Major,” https://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/LEAP/2013_EmployerSurvey.pdf (accessed November 19, 2015).
 The White House. Meeting the Nation’s 2020 Goal. https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/completion_state_by_state.pdf
 Lumina Foundation, “A Stronger Nation through Education,” http://strongernation.luminafoundation.org/report/#nation (accessed November 19, 2015).
 A Snapshot of Clare County and A Snapshot of Gladwin County. Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State University Extension. Michigan State University Board of Trustees. 2015. Page 15 of each brochure.