A discussion on the economic and individual need to close the postsecondary attainment gaps in Minnesota was held Monday morning at South Central College in North Mankato. Minnesota Office of Higher Education Commissioner Dennis Olson says the state has a goal of 70 percent all of adults 25 to 44 attaining some sort of postsecondary credential beyond high school by 2025.

“We’re on track to meeting our goal,” said Olson. “But we have a lot of work to do particularly because our benchmarks include goals for our racial and ethnic communities in Minnesota and we know we have large attainment gaps there.”

Olson says the discussion must include all ages and populations.

“We’re talking to adults mostly,” said Olson. “But we know we need to make better pathway connections to our students leaving high school to get them on a meaningful pathway to get them where they want to be.”

Olson says that’s why it’s important to have business and industry as part of the discussion.