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Higher Ed Commissioner: Indiana Needs Its College Grads

Students from other states who come to Indiana for college leave after graduation because of the lack of opportunities.

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Indiana needs graduates in the fields of science and engineering.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have claimed that Hoosier businesses don not have the skilled work force they need from Indiana colleges, but higher education tells a different story.

Higher Education Commissioner Theresa Lubbers  says, in engineering especially, Indiana tends to draw students from other states but then loses them once they graduate. Lubbers says another factor for the flight of Indiana‘s graduating class is the economy.

“We tend to be bringing people into the state who have lower degrees of education, so that‘s a problem and we need to create the kinds of job opportunities to keep Hoosiers in the state after we finish college,” Lubbers says.

She says though the state has added jobs, it is still tough for skilled and unskilled workers to find the kind of work they are looking for.

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