Most jobs in Washington state, even before the pandemic, were filled by workers who earned some form of postsecondary credential — such as a degree, certificate, or apprenticeship. Credentials also protect Washingtonians from changes in the economy.
Despite the economic necessity of earning a credential beyond high school, far too few Washington students are completing postsecondary education and training. Fall 2020 postsecondary enrollment in Washington dropped 13 percent compared to the previous year, which is twice the national rate of about 7 percent. (WSAC)