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Community fortunate to have both Purdue Extension and Ivy Tech

Joint message from Mayor McBarnes and Clinton County Council President Alan Dunn

In Clinton County, we’re making a statement that education is paramount in creating a vibrant workforce, sustaining community and economic growth and contributing to personal health and wellness.

Over the past 100 years, Purdue Extension has contributed to that strength in many ways by offering research-based education in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, 4-H and Youth Development and Economic and Community Development (ECD).

Added in 2003, ECD is run locally under the auspices of the Learning Network and its advisory board. In total, all four program areas made 56,000 direct educational community contacts during 2012. Of Clinton County Extension’s total operating budget, only 23% of the funds are contributed by the County, whereas 61% are outside gifts, grants and program support (with another 16% being contributed by Purdue University).

As a valuable partner in Clinton County, Purdue Extension is making a difference:

• Provided leadership that encouraged residents to take ownership of their own 2012 County Comprehensive Plan with volunteers donating 1,274 hours to the two-year process of developing the plan locally. By completing the process internally, the County saved $100,000 in consultant fees.

• Received a $60,000 ACHIEVE grant as part of Healthy Communities of Clinton County to promote local policy changes, smoking and tobacco cessation and local access to healthy food. Consequently, Clinton County moved up 17 places in Indiana’s health ranking from 51st of 92 counties in 2010 to 34th in 2013. ACHIEVE is responsible for establishing 20 Clinton County walkways with signs and maps, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, SPARK grant, Fuel Up and Play and community health workers.

• Enrolled 709 4-Hers in Clinton County in March 2013. This year, 4-H members will demonstrate hands-on learning by exhibiting 2,054 projects at the Clinton County 4-H Fair, as well as attend conferences, camps, regional workshops and career development events—all of which promote life skills, leadership and responsibility.

• Assisted local in-school and out-of-school youth working on high school credits, as well as adults taking college courses with free, drop-in tutoring. Youth and adults countywide received help in the four core subjects (math, science, social studies and English). In total, 74 youth and adults received 316 hours of tutoring from October 2012 through May 2013.

These programs, classes and services will complement the courses Ivy Tech will soon offer at its new Frankfort campus. Rather than duplicating services, the two organizations will coordinate their programs to double their educational impact. Many of the services Extension provides, such as tutoring, online high school diploma (IUHS), English as a Second Language, GED testing and college-placement testing remediation serve as a bridge to Ivy Tech’s associate degree programs. In addition, many of its customized trainings for industry, such as workplace computer instruction, grant-writing, ServSafe, Six Sigma and LEAN manufacturing create a demand for more – not less — of what Ivy Tech has to offer our Industrial Park. Both entities, and their respective facilities, are vital to Clinton County’s future of educational attainment and economic prosperity.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes and Clinton County Council President Alan Dunn