A new initiative by local colleges and universities has been launched to boost the Granite State’s economy.

Gear Up New Hampshire is aimed at helping the state’s workforce.

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A survey conducted by Stay Work Play revealed that more than half of Granite Staters between the ages of 20 and 40 might leave the state in the next 1-2 years.

“We as a state need to provide the workforce needed to keep our economy strong and going,” Mike Vlacich, president of the New Hampshire College & University Council, said.

A collaboration by the NHCUC and the Campus Compact for New Hampshire, the new initiative aims to provide a pathway for folks to be educated and find work in state.

“What we really want people to understand is that there is something for everybody in New Hampshire if they want to upgrade their skills, get a degree, whether it’s two year, four year, or graduate degree,” Vlacich said.

Another hurdle for employers is the state’s low unemployment rate.

Catholic Medical Center used an apprenticeship program to fill eight positions this year, but officials there expect more than a dozen jobs to remain vacant.

“We have a huge need to fill medical assistants and LNAs. We have tons of openings for those positions, but the talent pool for the state of New Hampshire is very small,” Emily Gaudette, of Catholic Medical Center, said.

NHCUC officials said many jobs like those could be filled by Granite Staters. They just need to reach out.

For more information, visit http://gearupnh.com.



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