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
- American Community Survey educational attainment data
- Four County Vocational Cooperative data
The northeast Indiana region’s 21st Century Talent (a pillar of Vision 2020) team’s goal is increasing the
percentage of northeast Indiana workers with high quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.
- By 2018, 60% of jobs in the U.S. will require some post-secondary 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% 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
- Maintaining current Adult Basic Education/GED/Adult Secondary Credit classes, times and DeKalb County locations provided by Four County Vocational Cooperative in DeKalb County; posted to www.DeKalbLearningLink.org.
- Conducted a DeKalb County Career Fair with 13 local employers and 12 area education providers April, 2012; attended by 84 adults. Plans are being made for an education and career resource fair in 2013.
- Maintaining a comprehensive brochure of learning opportunities for DeKalb County adults.