Talent Greater Philly announced the honorees of its Regional Challenge, a competition designed to recognize local companies, colleges, and nonprofits for their commitment to helping regional residents earn a college degree. AmeriHealth Caritas, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Rowan University, and Summer Search Philadelphia were honored for their outstanding efforts in support of educational advancement at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Growth Matters event Tuesday at WHYY.

National and regional data underscore the high and growing premium placed on college degrees by employers. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, two thirds of all jobs will require a postsecondary credential by 2020. In Greater Philadelphia, only 40.6 percent of residents over the age of 25 currently have an associate’s degree or higher. The issue is a critical one for regional economic growth as well as individual prosperity. A wor