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 2016

Experiential Learning
in DeKalb County Schools
Grades 9-12
I.C.E. program 39 42 42
Professional internships 89 63 59
Cadet teaching/peer tutoring 199 162 135
Special education internships 2 16 14
Building Trades 46 39* 23
Project Lead the Way Engineering 206 211 166
Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences 7 31 52
Graphic Media Design 270 266 283
Impact Institute 144 195 210
JAG Program (Jobs for America’s Graduates) 62
Total student participation 1,031 1,039 1,046

School-Bus Partner Photo

Our vision

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

What we’ll accomplish

Increase the number of high school students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in post-secondary education and economically viable career opportunities (IN Dept. of Education, 2015).

Data we’re using to measure progress

College and Career Readiness (CCR) scores: The percentage of high school students who have passed an advanced placement exam, earned college credit, or passed an industry-recognized certification exam.

Target: TBD (To be determined)
Current status

DeKalb County students considered ‘college and career ready’ upon high school graduation*

Year Goal Actual
2011-2012 37%
2012-2013 54.3%
2013-2014 67.4%
2014-2015 Pending

*Indiana Department of Education, DeKalb County public and private schools

  • In 2014, DeKalb County’s percentage of “college and career ready” students was the second highest in the 10-county northeast IN region next to Adams County.
What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Collaborating with the Career Success Coalition and Learning Link’s Adult Education & Training team.
  • Promoting Garrett HS’s upcoming Game Day, May 11.
  • Participated in the DeKalb Chamber’s March 3 Career Expo, serving nearly 100 high school juniors and seniors, along with 35 adults.
  • Promoted the Career Success Coalition’s FAFSA (federal student aid) workshops conducted in DeKalb County’s 4 public libraries; served 30-40 high school seniors and their families from 4 northeast Indiana counties.
  • Ongoing recruitment of community professionals willing to share their career expertise with students; maintaining a searchable database of 130 speakers as a tool for teachers.
  • Met with Ryne Krock regarding Launch LaGrange County, a business plan competition with the county’s high schools.

April 2016 K-12 School-Business Partnerships Overview (PDF)