SUPPORT. Most of today’s jobs require some form of postsecondary education, whether it’s a college degree or a skills certification. However, only 44 percent of Michigan’s workforce held such credentials as of 2016. To better fill Michigan’s talent pipeline and boost career opportunities for Michiganders, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new statewide plan to increase the number of Michiganders with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2030. Michigan currently ranks 36th for postsecondary educational attainment, with 43.7 percent of Michiganders possessing a postsecondary credential compared to the national average of 46.9 percent and other Midwest states (Illinois – 60 percent, Indiana – 60 percent; Ohio – 65 percent, and Wisconsin – 60 percent). Michigan is just one of nine states that has not formally adopted a statewide postsecondary goal. The Governor’s plan is modeled after the highly-successful Tennessee Promise Scholarship program, which creates pathways for all students, regardless of income, to get the skills or education they need to land a good paying job. This plan is a “last-dollar” plan, meaning all other student aid must first be exhausted, including Pell grants and other student assistance awards. The Governor has pledged to fund her proposal with no increases in taxes or fees.