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Exploring options: Community Education Coalition hosts ‘Es Posible’

The Republic By Andy East - 10/7/19 7:06 PM A Columbus Education Coalition Latino Education Group encouraged young Latino students at a recent conference to follow their dreams and to believe that anything “es posible,” including attending college. The conference, called “Es Posible,” which translates to “it is possible” in English, was held at the Columbus Learning [...]

Exploring options: Community Education Coalition hosts ‘Es Posible’2019-10-16T12:35:23-04:00

Innovative Strategies to Close Postsecondary Attainment Gaps

IHEP- INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AUTHORS: LEANNE DAVIS, KIMBERLY WATTS, AND JULIE AJINKYA OCTOBER 2019 Four Regional Approaches to Support Rural Students Rural America has been largely abandoned by higher education for too long. Nearly 41 million American adults live 25 miles or more from the nearest university or college, or in areas where [...]

Innovative Strategies to Close Postsecondary Attainment Gaps2019-10-10T11:49:32-04:00

Focus Magazine, Fall 2019: A Dangerous Divide

Rural students face a growing gap in college-level learning Posted: September 20, 2019 Authors: Susan Headden Organizations: Lumina Foundation Here’s a surprising fact: Students from America’s rural communities graduate from high school at rates higher than the national average. Fully 80 percent of them finish 12th grade, just a shade below the 81 percent who graduate from more [...]

Focus Magazine, Fall 2019: A Dangerous Divide2019-10-03T10:54:38-04:00

Working together: Columbus, nearby communities named 21st Century Talent Region

The Republic By Andy East - 8/3/19 8:40 PM A regional network of communities in southeastern Indiana including Columbus has been designated a 21st Century Talent Region. The regional network, called the EcO Network of Southeast Indiana, includes Columbus, Seymour, Batesville, Greensburg, North Vernon and Rising Sun. The Indiana governor’s office made the designation official during a ceremony [...]

Working together: Columbus, nearby communities named 21st Century Talent Region2019-08-05T10:51:35-04:00

Collaboration Builds Powerful Tool to Advance Educational Attainment

Through our EcO Network partnerships we are making the learning that takes place in publicly-funded workforce training programs transparent to employers, education providers, and individuals themselves.  As one of twenty-four Lumina Foundation designated Talent Hub sites, we are focusing our regional efforts on adults with no college, particularly low-income and Latino populations, in Southeast Indiana.  [...]

Collaboration Builds Powerful Tool to Advance Educational Attainment2019-05-08T12:28:59-04:00

Indiana Talents Networks (ITN)

The EcO Network hosted the Indiana Talent Networks (ITN) quarterly meeting in March. ITN is a network of networks,” with each network focused on talent in Indiana and striving to address the question, “How might we focus our collective efforts to attract and retain, develop, and connect and engage diverse talent in Indiana?”  ITN brings together [...]

Indiana Talents Networks (ITN)2019-05-08T20:08:56-04:00

Degrees to Success: Making Dreams Come True

One of the strategies in our Talent Hub Attainment work is to partner with our state community college system -- IVY Tech -- on a program called "Achieve Your Degree."  It is a business/student/Ivy Tech partnership that is showing good results for adult students.  One of our local businesses, Madison Precision Products, is featured in [...]

Degrees to Success: Making Dreams Come True2019-04-29T11:20:25-04:00