Montgomery County needs to boost the number of residents with training beyond a high school diploma by at least 12 percent by 2025 to stay competitive in a global economy.
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Tracking the trend
Percentage of the nation’s working-age population (25-64) with at least an associate degree:
2008: 37.9 percent
2009: 38.1 percent
2010: 38.3 percent
2011: 38.7 percent
Percentage of Ohio adults (ages 25-64) with at least an associate degree, top five counties and other local counties
Rank county percentage
1 Delaware 60.74 percent
2 Greene 47.74 percent
3 Warren 47.09 percent
4 Geauga 45.63 percent
5 Franklin 44.22 percent
16 Montgomery 35.82 percent
27 Miami 30.93 percent
75 Preble 20.68 percent
Source: Lumina Foundation, using U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010 American Community Five-Year Estimates
Learn to Earn Dayton achievements
- Worked with all 16 Montgomery County school districts to collect information on key data points, especially around kindergarten readiness and college completion.
- Worked with early learning partners to increase the number of state of Ohio star-rated early learning programs from “0” in 2007 to “75” in 2013.
- Worked with area school districts to create a county-wide reading awareness campaign in preparation for the mandated third grade reading guarantee.
- Worked with critical partners to develop “structures” that help students with college access and success, such as the ScholarshipCONNECT website through the Dayton Foundation.
- Created structures that help parents and school districts ensure the kindergarten readiness of young people including the Readiness Coalitions and Five to Thrive.
- Conducted research to determine the relationship between early learning and third grade reading proficiency.
- Established a set of strategies with key stakeholders to help move Montgomery County from a high school completing culture to a college and career ready community.
Montgomery County 2022 workforce projections by the numbers
315,310: Projected population of 18 to 64-year-0lds
109,895: projected number of workers with an associate degree or above based on current trends
157,655: Projected number of workers with an associate degree or above, if 50 percent target is met
47,649: Gap between current trend and 50 percent target
47,147: Gap between jobs requiring associate or above degree and number of available workers at current trends
7,984: Gap between jobs requiring an associate or above degree and number of available workers with 50 percent target met
Source: Population projections by education, Wright State University; Higher education occupation requirements, University of Dayton
The Dayton Daily News is committed to covering changes in education and the impact on our region. This is the first in a series of stories we’ll bring you over the coming year examining Learn to Earn Dayton’s approach to growing a well-trained workforce.