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Countering assumptions that a college education will be the only ticket to a stable economic future in Illinois, nearly one million openings in middle-skill jobs are projected for the state by 2014, according to a new study by the Skills2Compete-Illinois campaign. While the openings signal new opportunities for Illinois' workforce, the report cites the growing concern that there will not be an adequate number of skilled Illinois workers to fill these positions. The report also finds that two-thirds of the people who will be in Illinois' workforce in the year 2020 were already working adults in 2005 -- long past the traditional high school to college pipeline. The Skills2Compete-Illinois campaign calls for a new vision: every working Illinoisan should have access to at least two years of education or training past high school.