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 2016

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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), 2014

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

Year Actual Goal (including high quality certifications)
2013 25.1%*
2014 25.6%*
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

Current status
  • The most recent data reports that 11.6% of DeKalb County adults (18-64 yrs.) are without a high school diploma or equivalency, increasing 8.2% from 2012. (IN Business Research Center, 2015; ACS, 2013).
Percent of adults with 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees

(ACS, 2014)

DeKalb County 25.6%
Northeast Indiana (11-county) 30.4%
Indiana 33.1%
United States 37.2%
  • Promoted and participated in the 2016 DeKalb Chamber Career Expo; 96 high school juniors and seniors plus 35 adults attended.
  • Tracking key indicators of high school completion and career preparation, college participation and success, and the number of certificates and advanced certifications earned annually by DeKalb County residents. See attached dashboards.
  • Researched the annual BCA (Building Contractors Association of Northeast IN) Construction Career Academy, an under-utilized resource for DeKalb County high school juniors and seniors interested in the construction trades.

Apr 2016 Adult Ed & Training Overview (PDF)