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LaGrange County Promise: ‘Walk into my Future’

LaGrange County Promise leaders have announced their university partner for the “Walk into my Future” event, an opportunity that will give young students a first-hand look at what college is like. Trine University will serve as the university partner, giving students a tour of the campus including classrooms, dormitories and more.

“Trine University believes passionately in helping children envision a college education so they may fully realize their future dreams,” said Stuart Jones, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management. “That’s why Trine is proud to host the ‘Walk into My Future’ on our campus. We want LaGrange children to fully experience a day at college so the pursuit of their dreams can begin now.”

The LaGrange County Promise is made up of the Cole Center Family YMCA, Parkview Health, LaGrange County Schools and Economic Development Corporation leaders who have partnered for the initiative aimed at encouraging area youth to begin exploring the idea of going to college, now. The LaGrange County Promise gives students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade a unique opportunity to look into their future and realize that post-secondary education and career readiness is possible.

Promise participants, including students and families, will be given information and tools necessary to increase access to and success in post-secondary education and career readiness training. This will be done, in part, through school educators who will include curriculum in the classrooms guiding children to explore potential careers and dream about their future as well as identify champions in their life who can support these dreams. Each K-3 student will also be able to easily enroll in a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Saving Plan. Parkview Health has committed to provide the seed money for each student who opens an account.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be able to support the youth of our county,” stated Keith Gillenwater, president/CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. “Bringing together the strengths of these great organizations in partnership with our seven public elementary schools and approximately 1900 kids to help provide hope for kids that regardless of the situation the community believes in their potential is truly astounding!”

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