- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is welcoming Illinois students - who could graduate from college in 2025 - back to school and is highlighting a program providing Internet access to low-income students.

Simon was at Bloomington Junior High School Tuesday to see the school’s one-to-one laptop program. School District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly showed off the program which provides take-home computers to students and teams up with a local Internet service to give low-income students online access through the district.

Simon, a Democrat, is the state’s point person on education reform. The year 2025 is the deadline set by education leaders to have 60 percent of working-age adults holding a college degree or certificate.

Economists say a highly educated workforce will be needed to attract and retain jobs in the future.

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