As we look forward, the emerging knowledge economy has fundamentally transformed the needs of industries and employers. Unfortunately our education system has failed to provide our students with the skills needed to build a workforce capable of attracting companies that provide the jobs of tomorrow. Our children need to be prepared through a diverse curriculum that fosters a future-minded outlook on jobs. Our state must work to bolster the reputation of our higher education system and work to protect academic freedom. We must work to improve our education system, boost our state's graduation rates and build the foundation needed for jobs that build a strong future for South Carolina and its people.