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Education today/Steve Patchin

Informal science education key to inspiring student achievement

May 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

Of all the 2011 high school graduates, 25 percent of those who took the ACT meet all four college readiness benchmarks, meaning they wouldn't have to take any remediation courses as college freshmen. In 1973 only 28 percent of workers age 25 to 54 needed had any type of post-secondary education, this according to the Georgetown Center in Education and the Workforce. By 2007, 59 percent of the workforce had taken at least some college courses. By 2018, New York state is predicting that 63 percent of its jobs will require post-secondary education, a trend that the rest of the states in the U.S. will follow. A vast majority of these jobs will require a science component in their curriculum and job function.



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