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A recent announcement that Southeast Indiana has been chosen to participate in a study and program aimed at boosting the number of residents earning college degrees and career certifications is good news for Jackson County.

The Lumina Foundation, an independent and privately funded group focused on improving higher education, outlined earlier this month a partnership with 20 cities throughout the country to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Only 23.5 percent of adults in Jackson County older than 25 have obtained some type of workforce certification or a two- or four-year college degree, said Jackie Hill, director of workforce development for Jackson County Industrial Development Corp.

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