Utah's economy is one of the strongest in the nation as we shake off the effects of the Great Recession. Our state unemployment rate is dropping and our growth is back to our historical, pre-recession rate. Continuing our growth and building a strong economy for the decades to come requires the development of a world-class workforce.
To make a real difference in education, we must think like a business. I oversee operations in a multi-state region for a Fortune 400 company with a global reach. My business experience has taught me we need a vision, a strategy to make it happen and the resources to implement the strategy. You cannot remove any of these elements from the equation and expect to be successful. The vision drives the strategy, and the strategy drives the investment.
Gov. Gary Herbert has set the vision: to build a strong economy by ensuring we have a well-educated workforce. He has established clear goals: 66 percent of all Utah adults must earn a college degree or skilled trade certificate by the end of the decade; 90 percent of our 3rd, 6th and 8th grade students must be proficient in reading and mathematics; and 90 percent of our high school students must take the ACT exams to ensure they are prepared for post-secondary education.