Grand Island has education problem

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) _ An economic development official says a report on what's good and bad about Grand Island shows the south-central Nebraska city must address its relatively low adult education levels.

President Randy Gard of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp. said Thursday that Grand Island adults have far lower educational levels than those in other communities its size. The Grand Island Independent reports that Gard also says the graduation rate and academic proficiency of Grand Island Public Schools students are below state averages.

Gard says those factors "can kick you out of the running (for jobs) before you even know you were in the running."

The report stems from the Grow Grand Island business development survey being conducted by MarketStreet consultants.

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