In the last month, our community has been able to acquire more than $5 million dollars of new funding for education, on top of the more than $4 million raised locally over the past six years. Additionally, the Lumina Foundation named Elkhart County a “Talent Hub”, a distinction awarded to communities who demonstrate the capacity to significantly increase educational attainment, or the number of residents with college degrees, certificates, or other credentials beyond a high school diploma.
Reaching this goal has been years in the making. Six years ago, Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) began working with local businesses and educators to match educational curriculum to industry needs. In 2017, HEA formed the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership which eventually led to multi-million dollar funding and Talent Hub designation.
- $3.2M grant from a partnership between the Department of Labor and Jobs for the Future
- $1.7M Skill UP Indiana! Grant
- $4.3M from local sources, including the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, local industry partners, and government over the past six years
- $275K from the Lumina and Kresge Foundations, which also comes with their Talent Hub designation
ONE OF 24 IN NATION
Elkhart County is one of only 24 counties nationally to receive the Talent Hub designation. Lumina and the Kresge Foundation select communities that align themselves around goals to create postsecondary success and that work to retain, attract and cultivate talent.
“What makes [Elkhart County] unique is your ability to translate conversation into action,” said Dakota Pawlicki, Strategy Officer for Community Mobilization at Lumina Foundation. “Most places struggle to get past talking about an issue. And even fewer communities can get their entire community to take coordinated action to solve social issues.”