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Only 46% of high school graduates in Wabash County enroll in college or career training after high school. Family obligations, economic difficulties, jobs, and low literacy are barriers to finishing high school and gathering college credit or career training.
The Community Foundation supports the Learn More Center in North Manchester and Wabash, an adult basic education program that helps adult learners pass the high school equivalency test or prepare for college-level studies. The Learn More Center holds free classes in Wabash at the Wabash County Community Learning Center and in North Manchester at the Town Life Center.
Ivy Tech Community College offers courses in many high demand certifications and associate degrees through its Fort Wayne/Warsaw campuses and local programs in Wabash and Huntington. Ivy Tech students may apply for CFWC traditional and nontraditional scholarships to attend Ivy Tech.
In addition, some grants are available from Grow Wabash County to enroll in programs for high demand certifications. For grants to enroll in industrial maintenance and advanced manufacturing programs, contact Grow Wabash County at growwabashcounty.com. If you do not see your area of interest listed here, ask Grow Wabash County about workforce grants that can be used for industry training programs and Ivy Tech courses.
Planned for construction in 2022, the new Heartland Learning Center will provide postsecondary training opportunities for adults in advanced manufacturing and health sciences with credit awarded by Ivy Tech Community College. Scholarships from the Community Foundation can be used at Heartland Learning Center.
Through a partnership between the Community Foundation, Grow Wabash County and Ivy Tech, Wabash County residents can enroll in CDL training for little or no cost. Contact Grow Wabash County below via website.
Students seeking most industry certifications may nquire about workforce development grants from Grow Wabash County, the economic development organization of Wabash County.
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