Over 30% of Bay City residents do not have a high school diploma. This presents a tremendous challenge in creating quality jobs because there is not a skilled workforce to recruit from. This low education attainment is reflected in the low household income discussed earlier. This is a key challenge for Bay City to address the educational attainment and skills of the City population. There is work underway, through the partnership with Wharton County Junior College; however, much more needs to be done to get local residents at least a high school equivalency so they can be prepared for the new jobs being created in Matagorda County.