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The Power of Education

Witness the power of attaining an education beyond high school thru the lens of 60 Forward, Wisconsin's higher-education attainment goal.

Learning beyond high school builds Wisconsin talent

Wisconsin’s population is aging. With a wave of retirements and fewer high school graduates, the state faces an urgent and growing need for talent.

To meet that need, many more people must continue their learning beyond high school, earning college degrees, diplomas or certificates, or completing a registered apprenticeship.

A higher "attainment rate" - the proportion of those aged 25-64 with an education credential beyond high school - is tied to greater labor force participation and increased earnings.

In 2017, the Wisconsin Technical College System, UW System and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to begin addressing this challenge. The partners have agreed on the goal to increase the state's postsecondary attainment rate to 60% by 2027.

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