Paying for College Graduates

One of my favorite Rust Belt bloggers, Jim Russell from Burgh Diaspora, has an interesting post about Saskatchewan, Canada, where the local government is offering college graduates $20,000 to settle for a minimum of seven years.

The city of Ontario has 100,000 jobs it can’t fill, even though unemployment is at a 12-year high. Premier Dalton McGuinty said Saskatchewan is competing with Michigan, California, New York and Massachusetts to attract college-educated workers.

The city of Manitoba, as well, is working to bring educated workers into the fold. The city paid $2 million to run television advertisements attempting to entice educated workers to the area.


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One response to “Paying for College Graduates

  1. Erin Kramer

    The entire state of Ohio is considering a simlar program with $20,000 for a 5 year commitment from a Bachelor’s graduate and something like $25,000 for a graduate with a Master’s degree. I just heard the story this morning, 4.6.2009, on NPR.

    Also, the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of General Mills) offers a free public college education in the State of Michigan for families who enroll their kids in 12 years of public school. Pro rata for those families who enter late.

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