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Education, business leaders: Boosting degree-holders is key

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s education and business leaders say boosting the number of people with college degrees or other key credentials is the answer to addressing the state’s workforce needs.

The New Hampshire College and University Council, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire hosted a forum Wednesday on the future of New Hampshire’s workforce.

Organizers estimate 65 percent of New Hampshire adults will need degrees and high-value credentials by 2025 to thrive in the workforce. Right now, only half of working-age adults have those qualifications.

Speakers included officials representing K-12 education, community colleges, private and public universities and the business sector. University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Todd Leach said it’s not just about schools competing for students, but states competing for workforces.

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