Fallin Announces Plan To Boost College Attendance

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma higher education officials will unveil details of a plan to increase the number of Oklahomans with a college degree.

Fallin and Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson will announce the plan Thursday at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Fallin says current projections show net job growth of 87,000 jobs for college graduates in the state by 2018. Oklahoma currently produces about 30,500 college graduates each year.

Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez has said the program will involve incentives for students who graduate college on time and for adults who return to college. He mentioned incentives for rebating a student's last semester of tuition if they graduate on time and encouraging businesses to let their workers complete degree programs.

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