News and Tribune

October 1, 2012

Higher ed head to speak, listen at Jeffersonville High School

Documentary will also be shown

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JEFFERSONVILLE — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will kick off its Community Conversation on College Success tour at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Jeffersonville High School, 2315 Allison Lane.

The events, scheduled regionally throughout the state, are an effort by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to encourage Hoosiers to further their education and job training after high school. The event will include a free screening of “First Generation,” a documentary on four high school students who wanted to become the first college graduates in their families, along with a discussion following the film.

Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, said in a news release that college completion is an important part of the state’s success in the coming years.

“It is not an overstatement to say that Indiana’s future depends on the education level of our citizens,” said Lubbers. “Increasing college completion is our passport to opportunity and prosperity, and we must embrace this challenge with a sense of urgency and shared responsibility.”

Indiana ranks 40th nationally in higher education attainment and about one third of its adults have earned a degree higher than a high school diploma. By 2025, the state hopes to get two-year and four-year degrees or work force certificates in the hands of 60 percent of its population.

To learn more about the commission’s strategic plan for increasing college completion rates, affordability and academic quality, visit www.che.in.gov