Column: Indiana’s answer to skills gap needs room to grow




Indiana is finding itself in a conundrum. There is much talk and discussion about the difficulty in finding skilled and professional workers for positions today and those that will be vacated by retiring workers in the coming years. This phenomenon has been dubbed “the skills gap” by national experts.

Debates are being waged over how best to bridge this gap — and rightly so. Employers with whom I cross paths are frustrated because they cannot expand due to a shortage of qualified workers. This shortage is almost entirely in the midskilled manufacturing sector, which tends to be higher-paying jobs. This hurts everyone. It erodes the government tax base and bloats the welfare rolls.

The Lumina Foundation has heard these cries for help. It has committed to increasing the proportion of Americans who have high-quality, college-level learning. The foundation’s mission is to increase college attainment in the U.S. to 60 percent by 2025.

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