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: Why It Matters

  • The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that by 2018, the U.S. will need 22 million new college degrees (2-year and 4-year), but will fall short of that number by at least 3 million postsecondary degrees (beyond high school), 2-year Associate’s or better. In addition, we will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates. At a time when every job is precious, this shortfall will mean lost economic opportunity for millions of American workers (A. Carnevale, N. Smith, J. Strohl, June 2010).
  • Postsecondary learning provides access to occupations across the economy, while workers with a high school diploma or less are largely limited to three occupational clusters that are either declining or pay low wages (A. Carnevale, N. Smith, J. Strohl, June 2010).
  • We all benefit when DeKalb County adults are better educated, more literate, and personally fulfilled by careers and opportunities that contribute to a better life for all.

DeKalb County Facts

  • While high school graduation is commendable in DeKalb County, attainment of 2-, 4-year and advanced degrees is a shortcoming. DeKalb County’s percentage of the population with 2-, 4-year or advanced degree (27.6%) is lower than the state (33.7%) and the nation (38.8%); 2012 American Community Survey.
  • Recent DeKalb County data indicate that there is a relationship between education and poverty. In DeKalb County, 23.7% of all residents without a high school diploma live in poverty. For those with a high school diploma as the highest educational attainment, 12.6% percent were classified as living in poverty. For those with some college, the rate was 8%, and for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, only 1.6% live in poverty (2012).
  • A third of DeKalb County residents fall below 200 percent of poverty, or the income level required for self-sufficiency (2012 DeKalb County Community Profile). As a result of focusing on early learning, kindergarten to 12th grade education and adult learning, DeKalb County residents can expect higher rates of employment, increased per capita income, greater success for children, increased voter participation and enhanced civic engagement. All community members countywide interested in this stage are welcome to participate and get involved in the process. Contact us to get involved.