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

School-Business Partnerships: What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished April 2012

Our visionSchool-Bus Partner Photo

DeKalb County students attain outstanding performance as measured by academic, vocational, and civic achievement.

What we’ll accomplish

Increase the number of students prepared for work, post-secondary learning and career achievement.

Data we’re using to measure progress
  • Number of students impacted by school-business partnerships.
  • Types of business and community partnerships involved with schools.
  • Number of connections made between schools and businesses.
  • Number of 9th – 12th grade students participating in experiential learning through DeKalb County schools.

Not yet determined.

Current status
  • DeKalb Central is opening a New Tech high school in Fall 2012 as a “school within a school.” DeKalb New Tech, the sixth New Tech school seeded by the Northeast Indiana Talent Initiative, will offer students the same opportunities traditional students are offered, including athletics, advanced placement courses, dual credit and extracurricular activities. The school has 122 freshmen enrolled for Fall.
  • In a recently released Indiana Community Asset Inventory and Ranking study by Ball State University, DeKalb County received a “B”, graded on a curve with 91 other Indiana counties, based on the percent of students passing the ISTEP English section, percent passing the ISTEP math section, educational attainment (highest degree earned), and high school graduation rate (source: 2010 Indiana Department of Education and 2009 U.S. Census).
  • Developed a database of community speakers willing to go into classrooms and share their expertise with students.
  • DeKalb High School has matched 10 students with 10 HOPE mentors who focus on career development.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Invited high school seniors countywide to the April 17 DeKalb County Career Development Fair to interact with local employers and area education providers.
  • The community speakers database is being promoted for use by DeKalb County middle and high school teachers through a video produced by eight high school students, assisted by Marketing teacher, Mark Rohm. The video may be viewed at
  • Ongoing recruitment of community professionals willing to share their career expertise with middle and high school students.

School-Business Partnership Road Map PDF