A new Elkhart County education program is aiming to raise the graduation rate and prepare students to enter the workforce. The Elkhart County Horizon Project announced its Education Initiative Monday. It's designed to give students a head start toward a degree while also better preparing the local workforce for jobs.
The price tag for the project is between two and three-million dollars a year. While organizers say it's well worth the money, convincing people to pay for it could be a challenge.
Created in 2002, the Elkhart County Horizon Project brings together business and community leaders to address countywide challenges. The group realized to improve the area's economy, they must improve the workforce. So Monday they announced the Elkhart County Education Initiative.
"It really is focused on our goal of allowing students or helping students be both career and college ready by the time they leave high school," said Elkhart Community Schools Superintendant, Mark Mow.