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NC needs more educated, skilled workers than colleges can provide

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A report out today says North Carolina's universities are falling behind on providing the number of well-educated, skilled workers the state needs.

The report is from the UNC Tomorrow Commission, which is planning the future of the University of North Carolina system.

It says the state will need 400,000 new workers with bachelor's degrees by 2014, but its public and private colleges are expected to produce only 254,000.

Colleges will have to produce more than 15,000 more graduates each year to fill the gap.

The commission plans to hold eleven regional meetings around the state starting next month to gather ideas from the public.

The UNC system is composed of all 16 of North Carolina's public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees.

On the Net: UNC system:http://www.northcarolina.edu/

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