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MnSCU asks former students to finish degrees

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is pushing to get working adults who have earned some college credits to go back to school and complete their degrees.

It's called the "Graduate Minnesota" campaign and it features 30-second radio spots and letters to more than 20,000 people who recently attended a state college or university, but didn't earn a degree.

System Chancellor Steven Rosenstone says many Minnesotans are closer than they think to earning a degree, which would make them more attractive to employers.

Each of the 31 state colleges and universities has at least one adviser designated to help students determine how to resume their studies.

Currently, 40 percent of Minnesota adults have a postsecondary degree, but a recent study predicts that 70 percent of the jobs in Minnesota will require education beyond high school by 2018.