The Star, Wednesday, June 18, 2014
DeKalb County has been recognized as an Indiana College Success County for its work to increase the percentage of Hoosiers with education and training beyond high school. Representatives from DeKalb County accepted the award, presented by Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, during a special ceremony June 9 at the Indiana Statehouse.
“We are proud of the local leaders from DeKalb County — K-12, higher education, business, government and community organizations — who have come together to increase educational opportunities and student success in Indiana,” Lubbers said. “Creating a culture of college access and success only happens when the vision is shared by the entire community.”
The Indiana College Success County award is presented to counties that establish a College Success Coalition of community organizations that work together to increase college access and success. In DeKalb County, members elected to work as a Career Success Coalition, rather than a College Success Coalition, understanding the critical need of DeKalb County employers for employees with work skills certifications, apprenticeship training and two-year degrees.
Member organizations include the cities of Auburn, Garrett and Butler, the Town of Waterloo, Community Foundation DeKalb County, WorkOne Northeast, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Sechler’s Pickles Inc., Centurion Industries Inc., Team Quality Services, DeKalb High School, Garrett High School, Lakewood Park Christian School, Eastside Junior-Senior High School, St. Joseph School, Impact Institute, Freedom Academy Inc., Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Trine University, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Cooperative Extension, 21st Century Scholars, DeKalb County HOPE, Inc., Questa Foundation for Education, Indianapolis Algebra Project, County Line Church of God, Garrett Presbyterian Church, Eckhart Public Library, Garrett Public Library, Waterloo Grant Township Public Library, DeKalb Chamber Partnership, Psi Iota Xi, Auburn Lions Club, United Way of DeKalb County, and others.
Steering team members include Rod Knox (Impact Institute and Steering Team leader), Lauri Carnahan (Lakewood Park Christian School), John Cox (Auburn Lions Club), Glenda Ervins (21st Century Scholars), Tonya Hoeffel (Garrett mayor), Lori Kaiser (Eastside Junior-Senior High School), Mike Muter (DeKalb High School), Terry Rayle (DeKalb Chamber Partnership) and Judy Sorg (Community Foundation DeKalb County).
The award comes in the form of a road sign proclaiming the county as an Indiana College (Career) Success County. The coalition plans to display the sign on a major road as people enter the county. Local organizations are encouraged to join the county’s Career Success Coalition and help create a continuous learning culture in DeKalb County. The coalition envisions that all citizens will have easy access to people who know how to plan, prepare, and pay for learning beyond high school, a news release said.
“We are looking for many different types of coalition members,” said Rod Knox, Steering Team leader. “K-12 schools, two-year and four-year colleges, faith-based organizations, youth service organizations, service clubs, businesses, government agencies and libraries are just a few of the organizations that might be interested in helping our students pursue learning beyond high school. All are encouraged to join us at our next member meeting Sept. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb High School.”