schools in the region and partners receive career guidance scholarships | The star
INDIANAPOLIS — School districts in DeKalb County were among 97 schools and community partners to receive career path grants from the Indiana Department of Education.
The DOE has awarded more than $57 million in Explore, Engage and Experience (3E) grants. The grants will help Indiana schools and local partners in their efforts to strengthen, expand, and create effective career paths throughout K-12 student learning.
The DeKalb Central School District, in partnership with Tempus Technologies Inc., Rieke Packaging and Lutheran Health Systems, will receive $501,709.
The DeKalb Eastern School District, in partnership with Therma-Tru Doors, Nucor Divisions and New Millennium Building Systems, will receive $238,248.
Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools, in partnership with Northeast Indiana Works, DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership and Ivy Tech Community College, will receive $530,690.
Lakewood Park Christian School, in partnership with Leaders Staffing, Parkview DeKalb and Fort Financial Credit Union, will receive $29,088.
The J. Kruse Education Center, in partnership with the Dekko Foundation, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and United Way of DeKalb County, will receive $548,700.
“Throughout the 13 years of students from kindergarten to grade 12, we must do everything we can to ensure that students are empowered to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their goal, whether that leads to employment. , registration or enlistment leading to service,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education.
“To do this, in elementary and middle school, we need to ensure that students can read, are immersed in STEM, and have the opportunity to explore and engage in a variety of careers. Then, bolstered by these foundational skills, students should have access to valuable post-secondary credentials and high-quality work-based learning while in high school.
Indiana’s 3E grant funding is allocated under the Federal Emergency Relief Plan III for elementary and secondary schools in the state. Originally slated for $25 million, total grant funding was increased to more than $57 million due to an overwhelming response of strong applications from across the state.
The grant aims to increase the number of students benefiting from work-based learning and earning high-value credentials while in high school, such as Indiana College Core, an associate’s degree, or a certificate. of the vocational and technical education industry. The grant also encourages schools to expand access to career exploration and engagement opportunities for elementary and middle school students.
To support these goals, schools, non-profit organizations, educational service centers, higher education institutions and employers have been encouraged to collaborate on plans to implement local strategic career paths for their students. These plans have identified positive, measurable outcomes for students, including increased access, enrollment, and completion of a graduate-level, Indiana College Core, or high-value Graduation Pathway degree program. .
Research shows a direct link between a student’s level of education and their quality of life, civic engagement, health, employment, and living wage.