Last night, we had some friends over for dinner and stimulating conversation. All of us have graduate degrees so obviously we (and our parents) saw a value in education. As an economic development professional, I see every day the value education and workforce development have for a community and hear from businesses how important labor force skills and trainability are to their success.
Therefore, I was pleased to note this morning a trend found in the most recent data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Hickman County’s percentage of 25 and older population with Bachelor Degrees and higher had increased 19.4% since the 2000 U.S. Census!
That said, our numbers of people with post-secondary education are still not a competitive advantage in business attraction. However, we do see our weaknesses, we are working hard to mitigate them, and we are making progress.
For anyone (high school students or adults) who are considering higher education, we (Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association) have a website, www.highereducation.hickmantn.org, that has information to aid your quest. It contains links to information on educational programs from continuing education to online graduate degrees, general information on returning to learning, and financial aid programs.