Community Voices

Education Matters

The things you learn in school help you acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need later in life. Whether you want to be a doctor, a musician, or even start your own business, you’ll need the foundational skills like reading, math, and critical thinking that you get in school.

I like to explain to students that education is the portal that leads them to discover their talents and abilities, and the potential to make that into a career.  I also like to explain to them the difference between a job and a career so they distinguish the value of education, and I emphasize that knowledge no one can take away!

Noemi Lozano |Hobart

River Forest Community School Parent Liaison, Event Coordinator

It’s important for us to provide our students with post secondary exposure opportunities. I think that in order to explain to 8th graders why education is important, you must also show them. We have to meet with students, reach out and meet with families, but also bring in career speakers, visit college campuses, visit a welding program, so students can learn first hand what they have a passion for and what it takes to get there. Whether it is college, the military, or industry certification, we want our students to be prepared for whatever they choose to pursue.

Lydia McNeiley | Chicago

College and Career Coordinator

Education allows you to discover more about the things you love in life. Discovery is endless. I would encourage every eighth grade student to find your passion and learn more about the possibilities that exist within that passion. Learn, discover, explore… There is no limit to the knowledge you can gain through education. Education and training are the keys to success.

Linda Curley | Crown Point

Extension Educator - HHS

This is a window of opportunity to go to a college or trade school for Free!

Vicki Rainwater | Cedar Lake

Project Specialist with Mental Health America of NWI

Give yourself the chance to do great things. What do you want to do in 10 years?

We are here to give examples of opportunity to students to let them know that they can aspire for something bigger.

Lucas Norrington | Indianapolis

Education Program Specialist, Indiana Latino Institute