Cultivating Hope Through Education in the Hoosier Hills
The city of Columbus, Indiana, is headquarters to a Fortune 500 corporation and the unlikely Midwestern mecca of modern architecture. At the same time, many adults in the region are unemployed or underemployed. The reasons vary, but they include health problems, family problems, transportation problems, and, lately, drug addiction.
After years of grappling with these issues piecemeal, the counties and towns of southeastern Indiana are now tackling them in concert. The lever is education—specifically, connecting industries, educational institutions, and social service agencies to help adults get not just bachelor’s degrees, but associate degrees, industry certifications, and high school equivalency diplomas.