Herbert, others plugging higher education

Thursday , April 18, 2013 - 2:06 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah leaders are rallying behind a push for more Utah residents to continue their education past high school.

That plan has been under way for a few years, but supporters now say it has helped bring education issues into public view.

Some say reaching that goal could be a herculean task, and education leaders concede that they have yet to nail down all the specifics.

Critics contend that the goal stops short of guaranteeing a college education for a greater portion of low-income Utah residents.

The state estimates that to date, about 43 percent of Utah residents have a post-high school degree or certificate.

Officials estimate that meeting the goal will help the state prepare workers for jobs in Utah's growing tech industry.

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