EDITORIAL: Strong commitment to education in NWI
Date: 11/12/2015 through 11/12/2015
If there's one thing READY NWI has proven, it's the strong commitment to providing high quality education in the Region.
The organization, which focuses on preparing Northwest Indiana students for college or career, has a strong track record already. It's building on its successes with a community education summit Friday.
"Graduate to Success in Northwest Indiana," as the summit is called, is among GradNation events across the nation held in conjunction with the America's Promise Alliance, an organization founded by U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell. Today, the alliance is the nation's largest multi-sector alliance focused on the wellbeing of young people.
This summit aims to focus on working together as a region toward the big goal of having 60 percent of Northwest Indiana residents have some post-secondary credential or degree by 2025.
The importance of achieving this goal cannot be understated. One of the factors considered by business executives in determining where to locate is educational attainment. That helps those executives determine whether they will be able to get enough skilled labor to meet their needs.
Friday's event will include business and education leaders, including Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers as keynote speaker, but it also will offer a student perspective. Even better, it's not just a series of lectures but also offers roundtable discussions to provide input and recommend actions to address student needs.
That Northwest Indiana was chosen as one of just 100 places in the nation to host this education summit says a lot about the commitment to education here, especially to making the essential connection between workforce and schooling.
This summit should be one more source of Region pride — and one more opportunity to help shape the Region's future.