University of Nebraska working to tackle workforce shortage, President Carter says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – University of Nebraska President Ted Carter released an op-ed Wednesday discussing workforce needs in Nebraska.

Despite record unemployment in Nebraska, Carter said the state is in need of trained professionals – including nurses, doctors, teachers, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Brain drain, when highly trained professionals leave Nebraska, is a problem the state has faced for over a decade.

“We continue to lose too many of our best and brightest, and too many Nebraskans have not completed postsecondary credentials that would help them advance in the workforce,” Carter wrote. “There is high demand for innovations in areas like agriculture, medicine and national defense that will keep Nebraskans safe and healthy.”

In response to these problems, the university has taken additional steps since its tuition freeze in 2020 and the launch of the Nebraska Promise program.

Carter said the university will continue maintaining an efficient budget while working with donors to create scholarships.

NU is also focused on guaranteeing internships and learning opportunities for students, as well as providing affordable digital course materials in place of textbooks.

“We have a chance to do even more to set ourselves apart from the field – and, working together, make Nebraska the place where every person wants to live, work and learn,” Carter wrote.

To read Carter’s full op-ed, you can visit the University of Nebraska’s website.

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