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 & Training: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2015

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Our vision

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, IN Dept. of Education, and National Student Clearinghouse
  • U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • U.S. Census 2010; American Community Survey (ACS), 2012

Baseline 2010: 25%; includes 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees

Year Actual Goal (including high quality certifications)
2012 27.6%*
2018 45%
2025 60%**

*Excludes number with “high quality credentials”
**Aligned with goals of the IN Commission for Higher Education, Lumina Foundation, and the Big Goal Collaborative
percentage of residents with advanced degrees 2012

Current status
  • 39.5% of the DeKalb County workforce is employed in manufacturing; the average wage of manufacturing jobs in DeKalb County is $53,330.
  • The most recent data, 2013 ACS estimates, report that 2,972 DeKalb County adults (18-64 yrs.) are without a high school diploma or equivalency, increasing 8.2% from 2012. However, because these ACS data are estimates, based on a small population, the margin of error may be significant. Data will be watched over time for a trend (2015, Indiana Business Research Center).
Percent of adults with 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees

(2012 American Community Survey)

DeKalb County 28%
Northeast Indiana 32%
United States 39%
  • 2011 to 2012 saw the largest year-over-year increase in degree attainment in this decade (Lumina Foundation, 2014). In Indiana, the rate at which degree attainment is increasing is accelerating.
  • According to Georgetown University’s most recent estimates (2014), 5.2% of American adults hold a post-secondary certificate of “significant economic value”.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Beginning to track certifications earned annually by DeKalb County residents.
  • Restructuring the team’s role for the 2016 Career Expo.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive brochure of learning opportunities beyond high school for DeKalb County adults.

Apr 2015 Adult Ed Training Overview (PDF)