Working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County, Indiana
An education initiative of the Community Foundation of DeKalb County

Adult Education and Training: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2013

Our visionAdult Ed Pic

DeKalb County adults participating in continual learning to improve themselves, their families and their community.

What we’ll accomplish

Increase the number of DeKalb County adults participating in continuous learning opportunities to enhance basic and occupational skills.

Data we’re using to measure progress
  • Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Department of Education, and National Student Clearinghouse
  • U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • U.S. Census 2000, American Community Survey, 2008-2010

Baseline 2010: 25.8%; includes 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees

Year Goal (including high quality certifications)
2017 45%
2025 60% (aligned with goals of the Commission on Higher Education, Lumina Foundation, Vision 2020)





Current statusTable 2
  • By 2018, 60% of jobs in the U.S. will require some postsecondary education according to a 2011 analysis by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
  • Over a lifetime, the average individual with a four-year degree will earn $1.6 million more than a high school graduate.
  • Recent DeKalb County data indicates that 18.6% of all residents without a high school diploma live in poverty.
  • For those with a high school diploma as the highest educational attainment, 10% were classified as in poverty.
  • For those with either an associate’s degree or some college, the rate was 6.3% and for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, the rate was 1.2% living in poverty (American Community Survey, 2008-2010).
  • Need exists to publicize learning opportunities available for DeKalb County’s adults and address barriers, including transportation and childcare.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Organized a Career Success Coalition affiliated with the state of Indiana to increase access and completion of postsecondary learning. “Career Success” is defined as completing skill certifications, apprenticeship programs, military training, 2-, 4-year and advanced degree programs.
  • Conducted a 2013 DeKalb County Career Fair with 13 local employers and 12 area education providers February 21. The Fair was attended by 125 high school students and adults, a 50% increase from last year’s attendance.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive brochure of learning opportunities for DeKalb County adults.

Adult Education-Training Road Map PDF