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Report card shows progress on Partnership’s 75/25 education goal


Greater Des Moines is making progress toward a regional goal to broaden the education level of its workforce, according to the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership released a report card on its Education Drives our Greater Economy (EDGE) initiative that indicates that 61.7 percent of working-age adults in its eight-county region have completed education beyond high school — a 10.4 percentage point increase in the overall level of postsecondary attainment since 2008. The data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey also indicate that an additional 17.6 percent of the region’s working-age adults have had some postsecondary experience but have yet to complete their education resulting in a degree, certification or credential award, indicating they are prime candidates to gain new skills and contribute toward the goal. The Partnership announced the EDGE initiative in late 2014 with a regional goal for 75 percent of working-age adults to have postsecondary degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2025 that align with workforce needs. “The latest numbers show significant progress, and our region’s business, community and education leaders must continue to work collaboratively to ensure DSM is meeting workforce demands,” said Mary Bontrager, executive vice president of talent development at the Partnership.

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