Thursday, May 22 2014
Denver Post

Colorado is facing strong headwinds as we look to develop the state’s workforce of the future. Experts predict that by 2020, 74 percent of all the jobs in this state will require a college degree or some kind of post-secondary technical training.

If Colorado is going to develop that next generation of talent from within — which most leaders in business, politics and education agree is the goal — then much of the work of growing and building that workforce is going to fall to the state’s education system. It’s a daunting task and, according to the Lumina Foundation, we are not on pace to meet the goal.

Simply put, we must improve the pipeline of students coming out of the education system if we’re going to meet Colorado’s 21st century workforce needs. That’s why I join with many of my colleagues from across Colorado and within higher education to support the Common Core for K- 12, a new set of education standards for what students should know and are able to do at each grade level.

At the national level, Common Core has been endorsed by the Association of Public and Land- grant Universities, The Association of Governing Boards, Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of System Heads.

Read the full op-ed here.

By Mike Martin Guest Commentary The Denver Post

Mike Martin is Chancellor of the Colorado State University System.