Individuals who do not continue education past high school are finding it increasingly difficult to succeed in an ever-changing economy. According to the 2008 Business Roundtable report "Prospering Together," 85% of all new jobs nationwide require some level of post-secondary education. In addition, 80% of the fastest-growing occupations require higher-level preparation. Local residents who have not earned a degree are discovering that it is not only harder to find jobs, but to keep them as well. A recent report from the Capital Area Council of Governments' shows that 84% of the unemployed residents in Travis County never obtained a college degree. Austin needs a strong education system to prepare today's students for the challenges of college and future careers.
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