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[r29] Column: A bright future for Hoosier students
Start Date: 7/24/2013Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 7/24/2013End Time: 8:00 AM
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A bright future for Hoosier students 

What seemed like endless summer months for students at the beginning of May are now dwindling down to the last few summer days of July. For many students that means they will soon be waking up early to catch the bus heading to a new classroom. Others will be forgoing the bus this year to drive to school for the first time Then there are the soon-to-be college freshman, eager to begin a new chapter of their lives.

Parents all over Indiana are preparing to send their children off to college, packing up the car and heading to the dormitories on campus. It is a bittersweet time for parents, on the one hand you are so proud that you child is growing up, and on the other you realize how quickly their childhood has come and gone. 

The great news for these students is that Indiana is continuing to make great strides to foster an environment that is conducive to hiring students. Recently, a credit comparison company published that Indianapolis was named the best city for college graduates in the nation. The Hoosier capital stuck out as a leader thanks to a low unemployment rate of 1.9 percent for individuals with a bachelor’s degree. 
 
In Indianapolis, partnerships between the business community, universities, along with philanthropic and government leaders continue to be created in an effort to make the city a top attractor of talent. Indianapolis is now being recognized as a world class city with unique amenities that set it apart. Hoosiers have always shown that we have a work ethic to rival any state, and now the job market is being built by that very same work ethic.

New data showed an increase in the number of Hoosiers attaining college degrees, and there was an especially strong upswing among young adults in Indiana. This is very promising news because by 2018 it is expected that 506,000 of the projected 930,000 job openings in Indiana will require postsecondary credentials, and 55 percent of all Hoosier jobs will require postsecondary education. 

Recent high school graduates are not the only ones looking for higher education opportunities. Indiana offers a variety of opportunities for education in a classroom or online for those looking to pursue the career they want. If you are looking for a more in-depth look at the education options available to you I encourage you to visit LearnMoreIndiana.org  Hoosiers can also follow their passions and find jobs that best fit their skill set by visiting IndianaCareerConnect.com . 

As the Indiana General Assembly looks ahead to new innovations, we want to take the success Indianapolis has had in retaining and attracting college graduates and develop it throughout the state. Through recent legislative achievements, such as the creation of the Indiana Career Council, Hoosier students will have a greater potential of diverse opportunities to build a wonderful life and a strong career in Indiana. 

Indiana will continue to succeed because we have countless hard working Hoosiers in our community blazing the trails for an even brighter future!

My column also appears in the Times of Noblesville.

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 317-232-9831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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