Politics and Government
1:20 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Fallin Touts 'New Minimum' At New Mexico Summit

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
Gov. Mary Fallin during her 2013 State of the State address.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says education is the "new minimum" for economic success.

Fallin was in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday for a summit to discuss connecting education with the workforce.

Fallin said the number of well-paying jobs that required a high school education or less has fallen from 80 percent about 50 years ago to 35 percent today. She said the new minimum for well-paying jobs is a two-year or four-year college degree or a certificate in the field in which a person wishes to work.

Fallin is chair of the National Governors Association. The summit is part of her initiative titled "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs."

She was joined by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

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