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Idaho Jobs: 43% Will Need BA By ‘18

The ambitious goal set in 2012 by the Idaho State Board of Education to have 60 percent of the state's 25- to 34-year-olds hold a post-secondary credential by 2020 may not be ambitious enough, according to a survey from the Idaho Business for Education organization. The nonprofit organization conducted a survey of its 85 business members and other affiliated organizations across Idaho. ... Executive Director Rod Gramer presented the results to a group of business and education leaders at a luncheon Thursday. He called the study a “snapshot of what the business community thinks” rather than a scientific poll, and said the organization received 466 responses. Owners, CEOs and senior executives made up the majority of the respondents. The IBE study found that 43 percent of jobs in Idaho will require a bachelor's degree or higher by 2018 — compared to the 34 percent projection by the State Board of Education/Idaho Press Tribune. More here.

Question: Will your kids and grandkids be ready for an Idaho job in 2018?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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