“Increasingly, the level of education of a community’s population is becoming a decisive factor in economic competitiveness. Firms understand the need to operate in economies that offer a sufficient supply of workers that meet or exceed their demands. They also know that the lack of an educated workforce can significantly affect business performance.”
— Garner Economics, One Acadiana Target Industry Strategy
In terms of the percent of adults (age 25+) with an associate degree or higher:
- Louisiana ranks 48th as a state
- Within Louisiana, Acadiana ranks in the bottom half (5th out of 8) as a region
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For many years, the blessings of the oil and gas industry – where one could earn a good living without a postsecondary degree – created an environment where higher education was desirable but not essential. As our regional economy evolves, many more of our citizens will need postsecondary degrees and high-quality credentials to equip them for good jobs and good wages.