A pledge to the county

ISU President Deborah Curtis makes commitment to Edgar residents

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Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis made a return trip to Paris Sunday, June 24, and in crossing the Wabash River, made a commitment to Paris and Edgar County to work together to educate and prepare students and local residents for the workplace.

Paris and Edgar County has a long history with Indiana State from the hundreds of alumni who have traveled to Terre Haute to study education, business, journalism and a myriad of other courses of study. Many have moved on to other communities but many of those alumni are living right here in Edgar County.

This is an exciting time for ISU and  Edgar County as groups like PEDCO and our county school systems work to not only educate students who are planning to attend college, but those who want to join our local employment base immediately.

Curtis expressed a willingness to sit down with members of PEDCO and the local schools to discuss how ISU can support the continued job growth in our county.

Paris High School students can now graduate with certification to enter the local industrial workforce immediately, thanks to the vocational training now available at the school.

ISU offers one of the finest technology schools in the country. It is not impossible professors from the university may soon be in county classrooms working with students — including those enrolled in the independent study classes.

Curtis pointed out during her visit ISU’s demographic is 50 percent students who are first generation college students and 55 percent are Pell Grant eligible — not unlike many county students.

President Curtis’ visit to Paris was a great first step to begin the process of getting ISU again involved in Edgar County. The university, she said, is sensitive to the workforce needs of our area and to serve our population.

Indiana State University is a valuable resource once again available to our Paris community and Edgar County. We’re confident we’ll be seeing a lot more Sycamore blue here as our community and ISU work to forge a renewed partnership.