We've all heard the news. Education is important for jobs of the future. The number of jobs demanding higher education keeps on growing, especially in California. But college graduates to fill those jobs simply aren’t available. Grants are one way to address that shortfall.
According to the Public Policy Institute of California,
Thirty-eight percent of all jobs in California in 2030 will require at least a bachelor’s degree, however only about 33 percent of workers are projected to have them by then. In other words, California will face a shortfall of about 1.1 million college graduates a mere 15 years from now.
University of California President Janet Napolitano, in a post on Linkedin, detailed the shortfall of graduates expected in California and how to improve access to college for California residents. She argues that Californians need to have access to college, as well as, the support to continue in college. A shortfall of college graduates, could have a devastating impact on the economy.
Napolitano points out that a key reason for the shortfall is access and support in college for all students. With many Millennials facing financial roadblocks, it is imperative that steps be taken to educate them on the many ways to pay for college.
GrantWatch.com has grants for higher education in states across the nation. It also has grants available specifically for college scholarships.
College programs need to be able to attract quality talent. Competitive programs and new academic initiatives can help reach a broad pool of applicants and grants can play a key role. Grants can be used to boost the quality of the program or even provide incentives for prospective students to attend.
California needs an educated workforce for the future and grants can help them get there.
About the Author: Christopher Waldeck is a contributing writer to GrantWatch.com