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March 19, 2018

The New England Board of Higher Education is out with a new report this morning that makes recommendations on improving the employability of college graduates.

Over the past year, the Board and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo have brought together education and business leaders to think outside the box on the future of work in New England. The result is a report called “Learning for Life and Work,” which finds the vast majority of jobs in the region’s fastest-growing fields – healthcare, technology, engineering and social sciences – will require education beyond high school by 2020.

“New England is world-renowned for its high-quality colleges and universities and the concentration of human talent that has fueled knowledge and innovation in our region and internationally,” said Gov. Raimondo in a statement. “Governors and policymakers also consistently hear that, facing low population growth, increasing global competition and persistent equity gaps, New England employers are concerned about a lack of qualified, skilled workers.”

The report calls on schools to give students foundational skills in literacy and communication, including the ability to work in teams, and to provide them with individual career plans outlined early in their college experience.

It also says schools should offer students at least one paid internship or work experience for credit.

Read the full report here.

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