Attainment Network

Attainment Network 2018-06-22T08:48:32+00:00

Staff at Madison Consolidated Schools share their insights on the benefits received from actively participating in the EcO Network.

The EcO Attainment Network focuses on bringing together regional educators, workforce and community-based organizations, and business leaders to co-create strategies that significantly increase educational attainment in Southeast Indiana, creating a regional system of life-long learning connecting residents to better economic opportunities through education.

Video Glossary:

  • Madison Consolidated Schools (MCS), located in Madison, Indiana, launched Cub Manufacturing in 2015. This best-practice model was scaled up, through the EcO Manufacturing Network, creating pathways for an additional eight high schools and enhancing Cub Engineering at MCS.
  • National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker for High Schools helps high school districts more accurately gauge the postsecondary success of their graduates through a nationwide source of college enrollment and degree data.
  • Indiana University (IU) Public Policy Institute provides objective, expert research and analysis on a variety of issues that affect businesses and organizations across the state of Indiana.
  • TGEC, or the Statewide Transfer General Education Core, consists of 30 semester hours of college credit. It enables a student who satisfactorily completes an approved program of general education in any of the public institutions of higher education in Indiana to transfer that coursework to any other state educational institution as a block of 30 credit hours.

EcO Attainment Network Video:  Molly Dodge and Mandi Logsdon

By increasing the connections among educational programs, the EcO Attainment Network in Southeast Indiana is accelerating opportunities for adult learners to earn high quality credentials and/or degrees that give rise to well-paying jobs.

The EcO Attainment Network focuses on bringing together regional educators, workforce and community-based organizations, and business leaders to co-create strategies that significantly increase educational attainment in Southeast Indiana, creating a regional system of life-long learning connecting residents to better economic opportunities through education.

The Community Education Coalition (CEC) of Columbus, Indiana and its largest regional initiative, the EcO Network of Southeast Indiana (Economic Opportunities through Education), are among 17 communities in America to receive Lumina Foundation’s 2017 Talent Hub designation. The CEC and EcO Network earned this designation by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain, and cultivate talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households.

The Talent Hub designation enhances the EcO Network’s ability to accelerate and advance community and regional credential attainment efforts by improving attainment outcomes for adults with no postsecondary education experience, focusing on Latino adults and low-income adults.

Video Glossary:

  • The Talent Hub designation by Lumina Foundation, with support from the Kresge Foundation, serves both as an aspirational target for other cities to aim for and a platform from which cities designated as Talent Hubs can build.
  • River Valley Resources (RVR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping low-income and disadvantaged Hoosiers obtain and maintain gainful employment.
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is Indiana’s community college system, encompassing 45 campuses and site locations, serving nearly 160,000 students annually.
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Adult Education programs provide math, reading, and writing instruction, high school equivalency diplomas, and entry-level occupational certification programs.
  • WorkOne Centers are the heart of Indiana’s workforce development system; staff help people find a new or better job, choose a career, access training, or get the information needed to succeed in today’s job market.
  • WorkINdiana is a Department of Workforce Development initiative offering short term occupational training to adult education students, resulting in industry recognized certifications.
  • Economic Growth Region 9 (Region 9) in Southeast Indiana includes the counties of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland which are served and supported by the Region 9 Workforce Investment Board.

The purpose of the Attainment Network is to increase the region’s

  • high school graduation rate
  • post-secondary attainment rate
  • percentage of adults possessing a high school diploma and/or postsecondary credential 

The network is composed of teams working within adult education, postsecondary retention and completion, and high school success and transition to postsecondary education.  This network seeks to ensure alignment of successful students with career opportunities in the key regional economic industry sectors.  The focus of the network includes co-created strategies for academic and career awareness, recruitment, outreach, engagement, persistence, and attainment.

EcO Attainment Network Strategic Focus Areas and Catalytic Projects

High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness

High School Success Programs
Talent Pipeline Project
Counseling Counts EcO Cohort

Increase Postsecondary Attainment

Beyond Financial Aid
Gateway Community of Practice

Increase Percentage of Adults with an HSE Diploma and/or High-Quality Credential

Fast Forward
Powerhouse Credentials
Adult Education Works!
Transition to Postsecondary

Building a Regional Data Infrastructure

Creating Regional Scorecards
National Student Clearinghouse Data

Regional Attainment Guiding Team Members

Jeanna BerdelCommunity Education Coalition & EcO Network, Consultant
Dan DavisCommunity Foundation of Jackson County, President & CEO
Laurie DickersonIvy Tech, iGrad Program Director
Jennifer HenslerMadison Consolidated Schools, College and Career Readiness Coordinator
Kathy Huffman*EcO Network, Attainment Network Manager
Luz Elena MichelCommunity Education Coalition, Latino Education Outreach & Program Manager
Lori MontalbanoIUPUC, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Nickie NoltingMcDowell Education Center, Adult Education Coordinator
Dustin StewartIvy Tech, Vice Chancellor Enrollment and Student Affairs
Debbie ThomasonEducation Center of Rising Sun, Director
Mike TinsleyCummins Inc., Components Corporate Responsibility Manager
*Facilitator/Convener

Member of Lumina’s Community Partnership for Attainment (CPA) Network

Member of the National College Access Network (NCAN)

Participating in Indiana Attainment Meetings