exCELLence Newsletter
September 2014
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Congress Dithers and Students are Left Behind

Commentary from our Executive Director, David Dresslar 
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A few years ago, I attended a national education conference at which the keynote speaker was a prominent member of the United States House of Representatives. His topic was described as federal education legislation, but his speech was rather surprising in that he actually spent a majority of his time describing the dysfunctional nature of the U.S. Congress. For some reason, perhaps due to the lack of media present, he felt free to speak his mind and launched into a portrayal of what we all fear to be true—Congress rarely considers public policy in terms of what is best for the nation and its citizens.

I was disappointed as he described Congress as being totally consumed by wins and losses in terms of political party advantage, reelection opportunities, fundraising potential and members’ ambitions. I was even more disillusioned by his frankness as he related that actually passing meaningful laws is a relatively low priority for almost all Congressional members and their staff.


Early College Program Preps Bellmont Students for After High School

More than one-third of Bellmont High School students are enrolled in the early college program, giving students a chance to earn an associate's degree while attending high school. Bellmont High School is one of seven Indiana schools endorsed by CELL as a certified Early College.

NBC33 reports on Bellmont Early College and its benefits for students and the community.



Industry, Education & Workforce Leaders Focus on Postsecondary Pathways

Over 100 educators and business leaders gathered on Tuesday, September 23 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) for the Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success. The event, co-hosted by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), CELL, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Indiana Works Councils, brought together panels of industry leaders and state education and workforce experts to discuss the well-paying opportunities that exist for Indiana’s students in the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Derek Redelman began the event by highlighting a recent Chamber report that found nearly 40% of polled employers have reported leaving positions unfilled due to under-qualified applicants within the last year. Redelman stressed the need to have more conversations between educators and employers to better understand employer needs.


National Research Grant Finalist

CELL earned distinction as a finalist for the 2014-15 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant this month. Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine, the director of research at CELL, was named one of three finalists for her proposal entitled A Comparative Study of Early College High School Students’ Transition to and Persistence in Higher Education.

The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant is designed to facilitate research on issues relating to college student transitions and includes a stipend to attend two national research conferences.

Learn more about research at CELL.

Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success - Odon, IN
October 2
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Early College Network Meeting - Indianapolis, IN
October 7
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Early College Counselors' Workshop
November 13
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