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 October 2013

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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, Indiana Department of Education, and National Student Clearinghouse
  • U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • U.S. Census 2000, American Community Survey, 2008-2010
  • Indiana Department of Education

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

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


Current status
  • 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 Workforce (2012).
  • The percent of DeKalb County’s population with 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees is 25, compared to 20% in Noble County, 28% in Steuben County, 27% in Whitley County, and 30% in the northeast Indiana region.
  • 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%. (ACS, 2008-2010).
  • Need exists to create awareness of post-secondary learning opportunities available for DeKalb County adults.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • DeKalb County Career Success Coalition is helping member organizations implement activities to increase access and completion of post-secondary learning. Career Success = skill certifications, apprenticeship programs, military training, 2-, 4-year and advanced degree programs.
  • Partnering with the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, WorkOne and DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership in hosting a 2014 Career Development Expo February 27 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive brochure of learning opportunities for DeKalb County adults, posted to and available by request.

Oct 2013 ALL Education training road map PDF