Springfield, IL -- Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is heading back to third grade today. She says a trip to Thomas Elementary School in Carbondale is directly linked to her plan to improve college graduation rates.
"We came up with the idea that we really need to put up a base on those who will be completing four years of college in 2025 because that's when we want to have sixty percent of our working age population have a college degree", said Simon.
Simon says the idea is to get kids thinking about going to college at an early age. She's behind a push to see 60-percent of the state's working population with a college degree by 2025. Simon says education is the key to improving the work force and making Illinoisans more competitive in a global market.