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 October 2015

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 – New!

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%

*As measured by the Indiana Department of Education, public and private schools in DeKalb County

  • DeKalb County’s percentage of “college and career ready” students is the second highest in the northeast IN region next to Adams County


What we’re doing to achieve our goals
  • Identified an outcome measure, College and Career Readiness (IN Dept. of Education), that will guide activities going forward and focus the team’s work.
  • Reviewing online resources available for career education.
  • Sharing the contacts of community-based extra-curricular activities for youth, K-12, with schools by request. Students engaged in extra-curricular activities are known to perform at higher levels in in math and reading, and are more likely to aspire to learning beyond high school.
  • 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.
  • Working with the DeKalb County Career Success Coalition to advance skill training and educational attainment; participated in the September 22 Indiana Youth Institute Four-county Business & Education Summit.

Oct 2015 K-12 School-Business Partnerships Overview (PDF)