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Conference encourages college completion

November 1st, 2012

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Conference encourages college completion

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Thursday, Nov. 01, 2012 at 10:53am

Work-force development, economic development and educational institutions have collaborated to plan a northeast Indiana conference designed to assist people in returning to college.

The Talent Initiative, WGU Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, the Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Investment Board and CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans will host the College Completion Counts Conference Dec. 1 at the Ivy Tech South Campus at Fort Wayne’s Public Safety Academy.

Two sessions will be conducted: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m.

There is a $10 registration fee and people can register online at  www.completioncounts.eventbrite.com.

Organizers said participants will have an opportunity to meet representatives of northeast Indiana’s educational institutions and learn about: financial aid and planning; back-to-school preparation; job searching in the 21st century; and time management and life balance.

“Generating educated and skilled workers is an important issue currently facing the economy of our region, state and country,” Leonard Helfrich, director of The Talent Initiative, said in a statement. “It is our job to work collaboratively to help remove barriers to college degree attainment.”

Added Ivy Tech-Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier: “The regional economy’s success is reliant upon our educated work force. College completion is the best pathway to success for our citizens and their families.”