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Education was an important issue to Southern Governors even during the turmoil of the Great Depression. As the South worked to repair its economy in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, a big portion of its efforts were aimed at improving public education. Starting with higher education, Southern Governors, along with academic leaders, became pioneers in lifting the low education standards throughout the region.

Today, Southern Governors are actively engaged in the national discussion about how to improve K-12 education and encourage attendance to post-secondary education institutions, and have been working hard within their respective states to identify and implement the policy changes required to meet the education needs of their citizens. Our Governors fully recognize the importance of cultivating an educated, motivated and productive workforce in order to sustain the region’s long-term economic growth.

Regional Education News

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10/1/2014 NC Gov. McCrory: Employers to Get Governor’s Ear During "1000 in 100" LaunchWorkforce development initiative launched with aim to equip workers with skills that are in-demand. [Read More]
10/1/2014 MO Gov. Nixon: More Workers to be Trained for In-demand Jobs in STEM Fields$19.7 million grant awarded for MoSTEMWINS training project focused on health care, advanced manufacturing. [Read More]
9/30/2014 WV Gov. Tomblin Announces More than $9 Million in Grant Funding for Workforce TrainingFederal funds to support new, current workforce training programs for military, veterans, TAA-eligible workers. [Read More]
9/30/2014 KY Gov. Beshear: Community Colleges Win $10 Million Grant for Tech TrainingStudents can train for high-demand jobs in computer and medical technology. [Read More]
9/26/2014 WV Gov. Tomblin Tells Students Education, Training Essential to SuccessLaunches new initiative to open doors for students, strengthen state’s workforce. [Read More]
9/25/2014 NC Gov. McCrory: Siemens Makes Record Donation to Central Piedmont Community CollegeSoftware grant will help propel city, region into a global hub of commerce, particularly in advanced manufacturing. [Read More]
9/25/2014 GA Gov. Deal and First Lady Celebrate New REACH Scholars, FamiliesRealizing Educational Achievement Can Happen promotes academic success and expand access to higher education. [Read More]
9/24/2014 GA Gov. Deal Lauds Gwinnett Schools for Winning $500,000 in Scholarships Broad Prize rewards district’s low-income, minority students for reaching advanced academic levels. [Read More]
9/22/2014 Governor Beebe's Weekly Address: Building CreativityBest way to encourage STEM participation is to show opportunities, fun that math, science and engineering create. [Read More]
9/18/2014 TN Gov. Haslam Launches $1M Grant CompetitionEffort focuses on obtaining certificate, degree beyond high school aligned with needs of workforce in communities. [Read More]