Education Matters Southern Indiana Update

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Update on Education Matters  

The Education Matters Southern Indiana (EMSI) initiative continues its forward progress as a new school year begins.

Each of the community foundations that represent Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties have started scholarship funds to help support tuition and other educational expenses for adults with some college but no degree. Additionally, the foundations have begun offering Hand-Up Scholarships through Work One, which are designed to assist residents of each county who are age 25 or older with some college but no degree achieve their Academic Career Plan goals of completing a degree or certificate training program. Mentoring programs in each county are beginning, with the goal that each returning adult learner will have access to a peer coach/mentor as they re-enter the educational field.

The Education Matters Southern Indiana initiative is on its way to improving the lives of people within our region, and it’s in large part because of the coordinated effort of EMSI’s regional partners to make this a successful program. Our regional campuses (Ivy Tech Sellersburg Campus, Indiana University Southeast, and Purdue Institute of Technology, Southeast) are holding conversations about how they might collaborate with each other and with EMSI to make re-entry to the educational world easier and more convenient for this adult population, many of whom work and support families and have limited time and resources to pursue completing their education. WorkOne and One Southern Indiana are also fully supportive of the EMSI initiative. Recently Governor Pence was provided with information about EMSI as an example of a regional approach that may help the state fulfill its new Return and Complete Initiative.

The Council on Foundations recently recognized EMSI and the four community foundations for their work and asked Linda Speed, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to write a national blog post about the initiative and how we hope to impact our community by bringing together the right people at the right time to address our region’s attainment issues. Read the blog post here.

Over the next several months, EMSI will continue to focus on implementing the framework to achieve our goals. Part of that focus will be seeking operational and programmatic funding for the initiative. It’s our belief that together, this region can impact not only the lives of tens of thousands of our residents with some college and no degree through educational attainment, but the livelihood of our entire region as a result.

You’re receiving this update because you have expressed interest in the Education Matters Southern Indiana program. We appreciate your support! If you would like to be involved in some way, as a mentor or otherwise, please let us know by emailing Kenton Wooden.

EMSI Mission:

To strengthen our workforce and improve the economic advantages of our region by increasing the educational attainment (bachelor’s, associate’s degree or a quality training certificate) of adults with some post-secondary education but no degree or certification.


To increase attainment numbers by 25% in the next 5 years (10,000 people)

  • – Make Southern Indiana more attractive for businesses
  • – Create a better equipped workforce that lives here, has family ties and employment here
  • – Decrease unemployment and other -financial and service needs
  • – Elevate economic advantages across the region
  • – Help achieve Indiana statewide goal of 60% attainment by 2025

Learn More about EMSI