THE STAR, SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013
GARRETT — DeKalb County’s Career Success Coalition recently held its third member meeting at Garrett City Hall.
Their assignment: Identify activities that will increase access to and completion of post-secondary learning programs, such as work skills certifications, apprenticeships, military training and two-year, four-year or advanced degrees, by DeKalb County residents.
The DeKalb County Coalition is led by Rod Knox and a steering team of eight people representing youth-serving, faith-based, higher education and community service organizations, high school guidance, local government and the community foundation.
The Career Success Coalition operates as part of a statewide network sponsored by Learn More Indiana, and in collaboration with the adult education and training team of Learning Link, the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s education initiative working to improve the quality of life for all by raising the level of education.
DeKalb County’s Career Success Coalition has 25 member organizations. Each organization has committed to conducting at least one activity between August 2013 and July 2014. Activities are designed to help the county’s students and adults take steps that prepare them for college or career success and contribute to the Coalition’s three goals:
- • increase the number of students who access post-high school learning programs;
- • increase the number of students completing post-high school learning programs within four years; and
- • increase the percentage of adults, ages 25-64, who have work skills certifications, military training, two-year, four-year or advanced degrees.
At the meeting, members were encouraged to consider activities that address concerns identified by the steering team and coalition members at a previous meeting.
Based on student achievement data, the coalition’s top three concerns included DeKalb County’s high school graduation rate, the passing rate of students taking Algebra 1, and student scores on college admissions tests.
Additional information regarding the goals of the DeKalb County Career Success Coalition will be shared at Learning Link’s upcoming countywide meeting, Monday, April 29, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in the Cabaret Theater at Eastside Junior-Senior High School in Butler.
Dinner will be provided with an RSVP to Julie Isbell at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 925-0311, or an e-mail to JIsbell@DeKalbFoundation.org by April 24. For more information, call or e-mail Judy Sorg at 925-0311 or JSorg@DeKalbFoundation.org.