4.0 EDUCATION, WORKFORCE SKILLS AND LABOR POOL

4.1 Goal

New Hampshire possesses a high-quality, cost effective, lifelong educational system that provides access and affords all residents the same educational opportunities that align with the needs of a robust, innovative, flexible, productive work force.

As baby boomers retire from the workforce, New Hampshire must determine how best to replace their experience and train younger workers. These changing demographics are a critical factor to the future success of New Hampshire businesses. Research centers, universities, colleges and community colleges are critical to attracting and retaining advanced manufacturing and high technology businesses because they offer a stream of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates. The need for STEM education within all learning institutions is clear. Training in the arts and humanities is also critical to bolster flexible and innovative thinking. Educators at all levels need to understand the necessary workforce skills and ask themselves how they can most effectively assist businesses in developing them.

“Lifelong” in the goal above is meant to encompass pre-kindergarten education through adult continuous learning. There is empirical evidence to support early education as the key foundation for further educational advancement.

4.2 Key Metrics

Change in Age 35-44 Population Share, 2000 to 2010 – The percentage increase or decrease between 2000 and 2010 in the percentage of total state population of people between the ages of 35 and 44 years.

Percentage of Adult Population with an Associate Degree or Higher, 2011 – The share of adults 25 or older who hold an associate’s degree or higher level of post secondary education in 2011. 

Percentage of Population in Science and Engineering Workforce, 2008 –Share of the state’s workforce employed in science and engineering fields.

High School Graduation Rate, 2010-11 – Measure of the four-year graduation rate. The U.S. Department of Education computes an adjusted graduation rate for states by dividing the number of students earning a diploma by an "adjusted cohort" for the graduating class – the number of ninth graders four years ago, plus students transferring in, minus those who transferred out, emigrated or passed away during the four school years.

Student Debt per Person, 2010-2011 – Average student debt per graduate.

Rate at Which High School Graduates Go on to Post-Secondary Institutions, 2008 – Estimated percentage of state high school graduates going directly to any degree-granting, post-secondary institution.

Percentage of Children Aged 3 to 4 Enrolled in Preschool, 2009-2011 – Percentage of three- to four-year-olds in each state enrolled in preschool during the previous two months.

Table 4-1
Education, Workforce and Labor Indicators
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Table 4-2
Education, Workforce and Labor Rankings
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4.3 Tactics

(Please note: The tactics are not listed in any particular order of importance).

  • To evaluate and allocate state resources, plan for and envision where the state wants to be in five to 10 years and develop a statewide education strategy to meet this vision.
  • To make training more relevant to business needs, provide models of integration of businesses into school curriculums and provide enrichment supports, extended learning opportunities, internships, information exchange, coordinated workforce training and curriculum development.
  • To provide information on how to design relevant and appropriate programs, collect and distribute information on model partnerships between schools and businesses that integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) curriculum for in-school and out-of-school hours.
  • To guide students to high-growth job opportunities, increase awareness among students, parents and school guidance counselors of advanced manufacturing and high technology careers.
  • To provide the best chance for students to learn and excel in school, ensure New Hampshire families can access quality physical, mental and dental health care, all of which support healthy child development.
  • To maximize opportunities for students, encourage businesses to create education/business partnerships.
  • To maximize new business opportunities for New Hampshire, capitalize on new businesses created at innovative research institutions and incubator sites.
  • To meet the needs of high-growth industries in the future, adopt a University System of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Community College System goal for increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates.
  • To reduce student debt and to increase access to higher education, restore and increase funding for need-based scholarships.
  • To address specific manufacturing needs and to certify worker accomplishments, increase targeted educational programs and training, offering high-quality certificates and advanced manufacturing credentials for program completion.
  • To meet the state’s educational needs, commit sufficient statewide resources to ensure a high-quality, lifelong educational system.
  • To make better use of limited resources and improve educational outcomes, identify and evaluate efficiencies in existing educational administrative structures to reinvest in programs that improve outcomes.