55 by 25 is an initiative with a goal of increasing the proportion of working-age adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55 percent by 2025

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55 BY 25 OVERVIEW

The future prosperity of Acadiana depends on a fundamental commitment to education as a top regional priority. To ensure Acadiana is globally competitive, the region requires a strong and well-educated workforce. It is our firm belief that no accomplishment will be more critical to our future as a region. 

To that end, our regional goal is to increase the proportion of working-age adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55 percent by 2025.

This goal will be met by ensuring a strong cradle through career education system, providing opportunities for the current labor pool to gain new skills, and attracting and retaining talented people in Acadiana.

THE COMMITMENT

We, a collaborative of business, education, faith, civic, and community leaders commit to:

A VISION

of an equitable education system that meets the region’s need for talent and offers all Acadiana residents the chance for a better life through increased educational attainment

A GOAL

of increasing the proportion of working-age adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55 percent by 2025

A COMMON PURPOSE

to galvanize business, education, faith, civic and community leaders and organizations in support of a shared agenda to increase educational attainment, prosperity, and quality of life

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

In undertaking this joint commitment, we will adhere to the following guiding principles:
Lead with the voice of the business community
Commit to equity
Embrace all meaningful pathways to educational attainment
Acknowledge and support programs that advance the goal
Use data to guide action