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Lt Gov Simon stumps for college affordability

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:14:53 CDT
By: Rachel Darling

Lt Gov Simon stumps for college affordability
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon served food in the Watterson Dining Commons to draw attention to the importance of a degree and work experience for career seekers. Simon job-shadowed three Illinois State University students using the work study program to offset student loan debt. Simon served food in the Watterson Dining Commons. Simon is job-shadowing students at other universities and colleges within the state to draw attention to the need for legislative action to combat rising tuition costs.

   

"Among the things we're talking about is the federal tax credit for tuition which is obviously the debate, the subject of debate at the national level, state funding and how we can all work together, to make it a better experience for students."

Simons says that while 41% of Illinois' work force has a degree, putting the state in the top half nationally, that number will need to increase meet global competition.

   

"We're in the top half. We need to be higher up in order to compete, because realistically competetion now is not just competing against Indiana, it's competing against India. We want to be competitive on a global basis."

Simon is job-shadowing students at other universities and colleges within the state to encourage legislative support to preserve the American Opportunity Tax Credit and fix budget issues that prevent the increase of state funding for public institutions. Simons hopes that the state can have 60% of its workforce college-credited by 2025. Currently, 40% of the state's work force holds a degree.
   

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