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By 2030, at least 60% of Texans age 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. This is the foundation for the new initiative from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 60x30TX. In 2012, the globally focused Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlighted Texas as one of several states with a workforce skills deficit. A skills deficit meant some employers in Texas could not fill open positions with qualified candidates. In 2013, only 38 percent of Texans held a certificate or degree. Employer demand for skilled and knowledgeable workers is outpacing the workforce supply in Texas. The number of people in Northeast Texas with a certificate or degree is even lower. In order to meet the needs of local employers and be able to attract new industry to the area, Northeast Texas will have to address the skills deficit. A regional collaboration will be critical to accomplishing this goal and everyone will have to play a part to achieve the 60x30 goal. Visit www.60x30netx.com to learn how you can help.