That means 100 percent of Oregonians should be graduating from high school or getting a GED before age 25. Things are looking better this year, but it’s still no easy task.
Numerous studies support the notion that a more educated population is more economically productive and less likely to rely on social services. But in a time of economic recession, will Oregon be able to accomplish this goal? Recession aside, is it possible? How does education affect the state of the economy?
Are you a college or high school dropout? What stood in your way? Are you a first-generation college student? What challenges have you faced? How would a more educated Oregon affect your life?
- Lyea Jeanette: Student at Portland Community College enrolled in the Gateway to College program
- Peter Collier: Associate professor of sociology at Portland State University and director of the Students First Mentoring Program
- Candice Vickers: Recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Portland State University, currently working on a Masters degree in Education
- Duncan Wyse: Chair of the Oregon Board of Education and president of the Oregon Business Council