With so much uncertainty plaguing our country, it’s a welcome relief when everyone in Indiana can play a role in an important initiative. That initiative is critical – including making sure our young people are ready for college or a career after completing their secondary education.
The effort to provide promising futures for all received a major boost with the September 30 announcement of an up to $30 million Comprehensive Counseling Initiative from the Lilly Endowment. The Indiana Chamber, through the work of its Foundation, is proud to be a partner with other organizations in assisting educators and engaging employers in this critical work.
The Indiana Chamber Foundation has supported a series of studies over the past three years to identify best practices and counseling models. Now, this new initiative will make financial resources available to help schools best meet the needs of their students.
Employers have a crucial role to play. The Indiana Chamber, with 24,000 members and investors, is in the best position to build upon the educator-employer connections that have begun to occur with more frequency in our state.
Our organization’s Indiana Vision 2025 plan calls for at least 90% of Indiana students who graduate from high school being ready for college and/or career training. With the Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative, talented and dedicated education professionals in place and employers prepared to play an active role in meeting future workforce needs, we are ready to work toward that goal and beyond.