You’ve heard the term “brain drain” before. But the state of Nebraska is experiencing the opposite effect — “brain gain” — according to the latest Census data cited in a recent Yahoo! story.
In all, 1,600 more college-educated people moved into the state than moved out of it.
“There’s a growing consensus, not just locally but internationally, that the key to economic competitiveness is talent and level of education in your region,” J.B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska system, recently told the Omaha World Herald. “This is very good news.”
This data disproves the widely-held belief that most educated students leave the state to seek employment. This might have been the case in the past, but the recent economic turmoil changed that.
Now, Nebraska colleges are graduating record numbers of students, giving many state leaders hope that the “brain gain” will continue in the coming years.
The story also mentions an EMSI Economic Impact Study of Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. The study showed that two-thirds of 2010 NECC graduates stayed in the region.
“[F]or every one credit hour a student earns from Northeast, the student will earn $116 more in annual earnings,” NECC president Dr. Bill Path wrote in the Norfolk Daily News.
In addition, NECC students contribute to the state’s “brain gain.”
“That report shows that 91 percent of our 2010 graduates are employed in Nebraska and 67 percent of those are employed in our 20-county service area in northeast Nebraska,” Dr. Path wrote. “Some 80 percent of those are employed in a field related to their training. — The Northeast class of 2010 also boasts 256 who continued their education. Of those 256, 88 percent transferred to a Nebraska college or university.”