National research shows the growing need for a more educated workforce to fill tomorrow's jobs. According to the Lumina Foundation, Within the next ten years 60% of U.S. citizens will need a two year college degree or higher or an advanced vocational certificate for the United States to be competitive in a high-tech global economy. Washington County only has an estimated 32.7% of its population with these educational or vocational training levels (United States 42.5%, Maryland 48.9%)
OnTrack is a coalition of 34 independent community partners focused on improving the educational attainment levels of Washington County residents in order to strengthen our local economy and improve our community's quality of life. A variety of educational, business, philanthropic, and civic leaders began meeting in January 2015. Together we plan to create a cradle to career support system empowering citizens to acquire the educational or vocational training necessary for lifelong success and craft a strategy to educate the public on the need for an educational movement in our community.
In light of the critical need to prepare our local workforce for tomorrow's high-tech economy, the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation agreed to serve as OnTrack's host agency and is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization.
For more information visit http://www.ontrackwc.org/