To achieve our goal, we need over 30,000 more Vermonters to earn a college degree or credential of value by 2025. Achieving this will require doubling the current number of Vermonters earning college degrees and credentials each year. If Vermont takes no action, current demographic declines and college enrollment trends will lead to a net loss of 6,664 working-age Vermonters with a degree or credential of value by the year 2025. The greatest opportunity for Vermont is to address the needs of working-age Vermonters with some college education but no degree or credential of value, and the needs of Vermont high school students who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college.
Why this goal?