Public Policy Institute
April 24, 2012
Indiana is often referred to as the Crossroads of America for its geographic location and its expansive highway transportation network. For generations people came to Indiana to work in its numerous factories, and stayed to raise their families. Then, high paying manufacturing jobs only required a high school diploma. Indiana now finds itself at another crossroads. The manufacturing jobs of the past are gone and have been replaced by positions that pay far less or require education beyond a high school diploma. Unfortunately, those employed in this sector often have been hesitant to recognize these economic realities, instead hoping their factories would be spared or their jobs would return. The positions have not returned, and a high school diploma alone no longer guarantees a stable high-paying job, but rather has become the crucial and necessary step to prepare for postsecondary education. The Hoosier economy and its workforce will suffer without significantly increasing the number of workers with training and education beyond high school. To download report click here.