• Rhode Island plan to increase number of college grads

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced a plan to increase the number of college-educated Rhode Islanders.

    Raimondo announced the state-wide initiative Thursday. The Democrat hopes to increase the number of Rhode Island residents who have a post-secondary degree or credential from 47 percent to 70 percent by 2025.

    Raimondo says the state will help with the skills needed for "high-demand" jobs that pay well. Raimondo says residents without a college degree are twice as likely to be unemployed.

    Post-secondary Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier believes the goal is realistic. Dann-Messier isn't sure how much the plan will cost but she says it includes partnerships.

    The initiative recommends involves creating a pathway to post-secondary education, strengthening investments in retention, expanding access and establishing a collective ownership of the education goal.

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