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[r29] Column: Hamilton County receives College Success Award
Start Date: 6/16/2014 All Day
End Date: 6/16/2014
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Hamilton County receives College Success Award

In a recent column, I mentioned the importance of college and career readiness. I discussed that higher education, whether that means achieving a two or four year degree, can lead to success later in life. While college might not be the right path for everyone, as our nation’s job market continues to grow more competitive, having a degree is becoming increasingly essential to obtaining jobs in high-wage, high-demand fields.

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce claims that by 2018, 55 percent of Indiana’s jobs will require some type of post-secondary education. Now, more than ever, we recognize the importance of pursuing some type of education after high school, and I am very pleased we have programs in our community, like the College Success Coalition, that work to promote this goal.

This program, created by the Learn More Indiana outreach inactive and led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), works to establish a partnership between state and local organizations to boost the number of students completing post-secondary education. Since the program’s inception, coalitions have been established in 62 counties and more than 1,700 local organizations have joined. This program reflects one of our state’s goals which is to increase the number of Hoosiers furthering their education after high school by 60 percent in 10 years.

I am very pleased that Hamilton County was recently announced as one of 15 counties to join this initiative. In addition, they received the College Success County Award which is presented to counties that establish a group of community organizations that work together to increase access and success in college. 

The coalition included a plan to help high school graduates or adults, returning to a postsecondary institution, obtain the following: two or four-year college degrees, one-year workforce certificates, apprenticeships or military training. This initiative is a great step towards boosting college and career success, and we are starting to see the effects of these types of programs in Indiana.

According to a recent report conducted by the CHE, roughly two-thirds of the state’s high school graduates in 2012 pursued a college degree, which is up from 2011. The report also indicated that 93 percent of students that graduated with an Academic Honors Diploma were college ready. In 2012, more students achieving Core 40 or General Diplomas were better prepared for college, less students required remediation and more students passed an Advanced Placement test than the previous year.

Additionally, I was very excited to learn that more students had decided to pursue a degree in a STEM field, which consists of science, technology, engineering and math, than any other area. Since Indiana has 2.6 STEM jobs for every unemployed Hoosier, more students graduating with these types of degrees will acquire the skills necessary to fill those available positions.

The information reported in the College Readiness Report reflected positive trends in our community and state. However, in order to move Indiana forward, we must continue to recognize the importance of having a highly-educated workforce, which is critical to a growing economy.

It is exciting that we have so many opportunities for students to choose from in Indiana. Whether that means becoming a full-time student and going to college, taking online courses or going to trade or technical school, there are so many ways that Hoosier students can acquire the skills needed to choose a career path that is right for them.

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Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville)
Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-232-9831
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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