Pence was aghast to learn just 1 percent of high school students graduated with Core 40 with technical honors diplomas. Relevant curriculums may boost graduation rates, the six-term 6th District congressman suggested.
As Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts, director of student learning Melissa Burton and all four principals listened, the governor heaped praise on the school district throughout his speech. When Roberts, the chamber vice president, introduced the speaker, he told the superintendent, “I greatly esteem your leadership here at Batesville schools. Batesville is setting the pace in education and collaboration.”
Speaking about curriculums for a 21st century tech world, the Hanover College graduate said BCSC is “so far ahead of the curve on this” with its Project Lead the Way, logistics and advanced manufacturing classes.
“I really do want to commend members of the school board and administrators” on the partnerships with Ivy Tech Community College and local businesses. “You’re making it work. Batesville and a small handful of communities inspired the work of the General Assembly this year.”
Looking out at the sea of expectant faces, Pence said, “I have a challenge for you … to see if you can be a part of our collective team in seizing the moment” to elevate the state. “I’ve seen a lot of heads nodding on particular points … I want your help, before the end of this week. Reach out to one person you know in business outside of Indiana,” perhaps a supplier, vendor or college friend, brag about the state’s pro-business climate, then have the person explore the possibilities by contacting the Indiana Economic Development Corp. at www.iedc.in.gov or 800-463-8081.
“We’ve got a story to tell. All of us must recognize this unique moment and seize it and take ownership in it.” The governor reminded listeners, “You are Indiana’s best ambassadors.”
Pence concluded, “I’m absolutely convinced if we keep the state on our present course, if we continue to be bold and enthusiastic … I believe we can have more Hoosiers going to work than ever before … we can build a more prosperous and healthy and better Indiana for our children and grandchildren.”
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