66 Educational Attainment Population 25 Years and Older in Greater New Haven, 2015 REGION 393,242 9.74% 29.15% 17.33% 6.91% 36.8% CONNECTICUT 2,462,855 10.15% 27.37% 17.46% 7.44% 37.6% COLLEGE Bachelor’s Degree or Higher Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (B15002) POPULATIONS 25 YEARS AND OLDER HIGH SCHOOL/ EQUIVALENT No Diploma Some College, No Degree Associate’s Degree Diploma Getting the Right Skills Getting the Right Skills As bioscience and tech companies continue to drive the region’s economy, a concerted effort is underway to prepare residents with the skills necessary for existing jobs and in sectors with expected growth. These programs are designed for college students, people seeking to update their skills or those looking for a career change. In 2015, three major initiatives kicked off at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Gateway Community College (GCC). Collaborating with the City of New Haven, EDC of New Haven and the Regional Water Authority, new majors and certification programs were designed to provide specialized education to the sectors with the greatest opportunities for new graduates. Bioscience Career Ladder The Bioscience Career Ladder at SCSU was designed by a team of professional educators, industry leaders and municipal leaders. The Ladder will link city schools, local businesses and SCSU in classrooms, campus labs and lecture halls, and in technology-based industries throughout Greater New Haven. The Ladder is designed to include four academic pathways at SCSU: a new major in biotechnology with a chemistry minor; an updated biochemistry concentration; new biotechnology concentrations for students in other STEM disciplines; and graduate- level certification programs in areas such as project management and health care or pharmaceutical management. These certification programs support the existing workforce, a key need for the industry. Web Coding Certificate Gateway Community College launched its 26-week Web Coding Certificate program in January 2016. Unlike private coding boot camps that can charge up to $10,000, the certificate program at Gateway has a tuition of $3,500 and students may be eligible for student aid. Working with leaders in the technology sector, the program is intended to prepare students for entry into the workforce with a sound foundation of coding theory and training. Upon completion, the students will be ready to learn the specifics at one of the local technology companies. In addition, the companies may be eligible for workforce training grants through Workforce Alliance. Workforce Connecticut’s economic success depends on its educated, highly skilled workforce. Multiple organizations offer programs and direct financial assistance to support the ongoing skills development of the workforce.