The Workforce Alliance and the Skills2Compete-Illinois campaign recently released a survey reporting about a million middle-skill jobs should be available in Illinois by 2014. A middle-skill jobs is defined as one that requires more than a high school diploma but less than a four year college degree.
Middle-skill jobs are expected to account for almost half of all job openings in the state through 2014. The Skills2Compete campaign advocates an agenda that would guarantee access for all workers to schooling beyond high school. According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, this would mean more associate degrees, apprenticeships and occupational certificates.