I-Light members prepare Hoosiers for college

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As the workforce becomes more competitive, I-Light members make sure Hoosier high school graduates are ready to compete. Three new partnerships between Indiana colleges and regional school districts aim to give students a better understanding of what it means to be college-ready.

By improving the relationship between K-12 schools and higher education institutions, regional districts hope to accomplish three major goals:

  • Increase awareness of the skills and knowledge required to succeed in college
  • Identify and distribute work samples that demonstrate college readiness
  • Educate faculty on Indiana’s Common Core standards and assessments to help students transition to higher education

State data shows that these improvements are necessary. Almost one third of Indiana’s first-time college students must enroll in remedial math and English courses. Only one in four of these students will graduate college within six years.

As partnered schools align their expectations and policies, Hoosier high school students will graduate better prepared to successfully complete college and compete in the workforce.

Participating colleges include Indiana University–Purdue University Columbus, Indiana State University, and Purdue University Calumet. Each university partnered with a nearby Ivy Tech Community College and three to five local school districts.

Indiana’s Core to College initiative will award a $36,000 grant to each partnership, distributed over a three-year period. Indiana is one of 10 states chosen to participate in the national Core to College program, which aims to increase college preparation and graduation rates through improved relationships between K-12 schools and colleges.

The Lumina Foundation for Education, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provide funding for all Core to College programs.