Decline of in-state public college students worries regents

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VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The state Board of Regents is concerned about the future of higher education and unfilled jobs because more South Dakota residents are foregoing college after high school.

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports the regents' executive director, Mike Rush, said at a recent board meeting that the state needs to make an effort to recruit students and train workers.

Enrollment at public colleges has been flat. Rush says that's because there are more out-of-state students.

Regent Kathryn Johnson says those not seeking higher education are often minorities, from low-income families or high school graduates who don't want more training.

State Labor Department projections show that health care and educational services will be in high demand through 2022. Rush says these jobs are growing and "will be increasingly knowledge-based."

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12/17/2016 8:50:18 AM (GMT -7:00)