More North Carolinians need education beyond high school to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Recently, leaders in our state agreed that we must have a plan to make North Carolina more competitive in the future. Our new statewide educational attainment goal is to have 2 million people with a high-quality college degree or workforce credential by 2030.It’s a reach, but a necessary one. All but a handful of states have adopted similar goals. Half of the state’s employers say they need more workers with better skills to be able to succeed in an economy being transformed by technology and automation. By next year, more than two-thirds of the jobs in North Carolina will require a degree or training certificate beyond high school — today only half of our population has reached that level.