Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend

The Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend provides the perfect opportunity to reap significant economic benefit for Northeast Ohio by a targeted effort to increase college completion in the region. With Ohio’s rank below national averages for every age category for every level of college degrees, and the projection that 64% of jobs in the state will require some postsecondary education by 2020, Northeast Ohio must come together to increase the number of people with college degrees. NOCHE's goal is to make Northeast Ohio the best talent pool in the nation. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education is pleased to lead this achievable and worthwhile initiative.

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Cultivating Our Talent, the 2013 Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Summit, NOCHE announced that Northeast Ohio gained almost 58,000 college degree holders since 2009. The region boasts 955,000 college degree holders, which represents a 31 percent regional college attainment rate and a two percentage point increase. Northeast Ohio colleges and universities are awarding more degrees than ever before.

Crain's website has video of Dr. Luis Proenza's keynote and the panel discussion that followed. 

The region is on its way to achieving its goal of one million college degree holders in 2014.

The Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend is guided by a Steering Committee of business, education, civic, nonprofit and philanthropic stakeholders and an Action Plan with overarching goals to

  • improve college readiness,
  • increase retention to degree completion and
  • increase degree attainment among adults with some college and no degree.
 
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