County forms higher-ed coalition

GREENFIELD — Hancock County is the latest to answer the state’s call to improve college success rates among Indiana students, developing its own College Success Coalition.

Comprised of local business, nonprofit and education leaders, Hancock County’s coalition is one of 10 that have joined the statewide effort this year, bringing the total of participating counties to 50.

To become a member organization, the county had to establish a steering committee that will guide the organization’s local efforts to increase higher education attainment. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Learn More Indiana – organizations sponsoring the initiative across the state – encourage local groups to do so by partnering with community organizations and playing host to events to engage students in discussions about college and educate them about the process and its importance.

“There’s a lot of different groups doing a lot of good things for the purpose of college success,” said Alyse Vail, representative for the Hancock County Community Foundation. “But I think a lot of people are in agreement that some type of collaboration would be helpful in this effort.”

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