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Education Leaders Make a Stop in Vigo County for College Success Tour

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was home to the College Success Tour on Tuesday. It's a statewide effort to increase the number of Hoosiers with education beyond high school. Dozens of education, community and business leaders came together, welcoming the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education - and working on a plan for school success.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was home to the College Success Tour on Tuesday.

It's a statewide effort to increase the number of Hoosiers with education beyond high school.

Dozens of education, community and business leaders came together, welcoming the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education - and working on a plan for school success.

Five Vigo county colleges and universities all went to one campus on Tuesday, teaming up for students.

"At a time when more and more jobs are requiring education beyond high school, we want to make sure that we're creating the culture that's about college access and college success," said Teresa Lubbers, the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education.
   
Across the country, Indiana ranks 40th when it comes to both education attainment and personal per capita income.

And only one-third of adults in the state have more than a high school diploma.

That's why education experts have set a goal -- increasing the number of Hoosiers with a college credential to 60-percent by 2025.
   
"If they want to have the opportunities for economic advancement, the jobs are tied to some sort of education beyond high school. Not a four-year degree for everybody, we're talking about credentials, workforce credentials, certificates and degrees," explains Commissioner Lubbers.

And that's the effort of the Vigo County College Success Coalition. It's a network of local organizations, all working together to promote higher education.

And while initiatives are already underway, Commissioner Lubbers urged these members to step it up even more.

"It's never too early," she said. "We think before you ever even enter the first kindergarten class that parents and children should start thinking about education beyond high school. And that the academic and then the financial preparation as well are very important."

She also says her commission is working on keeping higher education affordable, through tuition and scholarships, but you can't put a price tag on a degree in the long run.
   
"Unemployment rates are half for a college graduate of what they are for someone who only completes high school. The amount of money that you make over your life exceeds $1 million more," said Lubbers.

This is also College Go! Week, which urges Indiana high schoolers to plan ahead.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is hosting live virtual tours of several Indiana campuses on Thursday.  
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