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
- Types of business and community partnerships involved with schools.
- Number of connections made between teachers and community leaders through the Guest Speakers List.
- Number of 9th – 12th grade students participating in experiential learning through DeKalb County schools.
- 50 connections between teachers and community leaders from the Chamber/Learning Link Guest Speakers List.
- Identification of additional types of mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses and schools.
- DeKalb New Tech opened its doors in the Fall of 2012 to 118 freshmen. Highlights of their year include: Serving DeKalb County Impact Corporation’s “Covered With Love” program, winning Scholastic awards, and contributing to projects that have helped support local businesses and the community. A new class of 100+ freshmen will join New Tech in Fall 2013.
- Maintaining a database of approximately 140 guest speakers willing to share their expertise with students.
- Garrett, DeKalb County Central, DeKalb County Eastern and Lakewood Park high schools are all participating.
- DeKalb High School has matched 7 students with 7 HOPE mentors with a focus on career options.
- 38 high school students attended the 2013 DeKalb County Career Fair on February 21, compared to 8 who attended in 2012.
Based on countywide data, the Career Success Coalition’s top three concerns related to student achievement include:
- High school graduation rate
- Percent of students passing Algebra 1
- College admissions scores compared to target scores
An additional concern of the Career Success Coalition is that families may not know how to prepare and pay for their child’s post-high school education.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
- Partnering with the (northeast Indiana) Graduate Retention program to increase use of the team’s Guest Speaker List by teachers.
- Working with the newly formed DeKalb County Career Success Coalition.
- 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. The video may be viewed at http://youtu.be/U3q-Ys8UGDs
- Ongoing recruitment of (1) community professionals willing to share their career-related expertise with students, and; (2) HOPE mentors for DeKalb High School students.
- Exploring learning opportunities for students beyond the school day through Learning For Life (www.LearningForLife.org).