In the 1960s, a well-known bumper sticker exclaimed “Don’t be a Fool. Stay in School.” Today, many argue that to succeed in the 21st Century workplace, one needs at least a four-year college education. To obtain many of the best paid jobs in the Commonwealth, there is truth in this statement. To compete with young people who are coming to Massachusetts with an advanced education, it is necessary that we do everything we can to assure that all of our residents who could benefit from a bachelor’s degree or graduate study are afforded this opportunity.
Yet, as this report will show, the majority of job openings in Massachusetts between now and 2022 are expected to require no more than a good vocational high school education (with associated on-the-job training), some college, or a community college professional credential or associates degree. Making sure that Massachusetts invests in these schools is every bit as important as its investments in its state colleges and universities.