From Central Penn Business Journal:
Even though 75 percent of Pennsylvania's future jobs will require post-secondary education, less than half of the state's workforce has the skills and education to fill the positions, according to a report today released by Harrisburg-based PA Partnerships For Children (PPC).
Part of the problem is the expense of Pennsylvania's colleges, according to the report titled "The High Cost Of Education." College costs in the state are the sixth highest in the U.S. Even after financial aid and student loans are figured in, on average it takes 29 percent of a family's income to send a student to community college, according to the report.
As of 2007, 71 percent of college graduates in the commonwealth incurred an average debt of about $24,000. College costs increased 439 percent from 1984 to 2006, according to PPC. Central Penn