Gov. Parson encourages education to prepare students for workforce

Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) speaks to education administrators at their annual conference at...
Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) speaks to education administrators at their annual conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach on 7/31/2018. (KY3)
Published: Jul. 31, 2018 at 5:10 PM CDT
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"40% of the young men and women in this state start out in college to go get degrees. Less than 30% ever complete that degree," Missouri Governor Mike Parson told education leaders from around the state Tuesday morning.

Parson says the 70% who don't get that degree need to be prepared to enter the workforce, saying it's one of his priorities of his administration.

"You will play an important role in workforce development as we move forward," Parson told those in attendance.

One of the ways Parson told educators they will help with workforce development is by their participation in the Jobs for American Graduates Program, known as JAG. It's a program he brought over from the Lt. Governor's office when he was sworn in just two months ago.

"98% of the kids who go into this system come out with a high school diploma, plus, they also go into the workforce," Parson said. "This system also follows them into the workforce and makes sure they keep those jobs for a year."

His wife, First Lady Teresa Parson, will lead that campaign, making several school visits throughout the next school year to discuss the program with individual districts to make sure it's a program that's a good fit for their students.

"We have to get that next generation up and going in the workforce, four-year college degrees, whatever their desire is, we're going to help them achieve that goal," Teresa Parson said.

Governor Parson says there is $1 Million in this year's budget for the JAG program, and says he want's to try and add even more money in the coming years.

"These are the programs I believe try to help kids," Parson added. "If not, they end up in worse places, they work on our programs, or they end up in penitentiary, and we don't need that."