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

Fallin Touts 'New Minimum' At New Mexico Summit

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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