Our mission is to be a driving force in the development of an Idaho education system that results in graduates who have post-secondary credentials and who are workforce ready.
– IBE mission statement
The Crisis in Idaho
Studies show that 60 percent or more of the jobs in Idaho will require a post-secondary credential by the year 2020. Right now about 42 percent of Idaho’s workforce holds such a credential. That means we face at least a 19 percent “education gap” – and perhaps as high as 25 percent – between the workforce we have now and the one we will need in a few short years. Our challenge is to close that gap to create the highly educated and skilled workforce our employers need so their businesses can thrive in the 21st century.
Idaho Business for Education (IBE) is a group of more than 180 business leaders from across the state who are committed to transforming Idaho’s education system. IBE members are committed to creating a highly educated and skilled workforce that is able to strengthen the business climate and fuel a prosperous Idaho economy.
Mission, Vision and Goal
Our mission is to be a driving force in the development of an Idaho education system that results in graduates who have post-secondary credentials and who are workforce-ready. Our vision is to help create an education system that will provide Idaho students with a high-quality education that ensures the well-educated workforce that our businesses and economy require.
IBE embraces the State Board of Education’s goal that 60 percent of our 25-34 year-olds will hold a post-secondary credential by 2020. Research shows that six out of ten jobs will require a higher credential – either a one-year workforce ready certificate, a two-year associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree or higher.