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Lifelong Learning - Education


Three outstanding public school districts cover the DeKalb County area: DeKalb County Central Schools, DeKalb County Eastern Community School District and Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District. Each school district is dedicated to creating responsible, lifelong learners who are well-prepared to enter the fast-paced, 21st century global society.

All three districts are part of the Four County Area Vocational Cooperative (FCAVC), which offers high school vocational and dual-credit courses, as well as adult education programming. The districts also lend strong support to Freedom Academy, a private, not-for-profit adult continuing education organization offering various certificate programs, community interest classes and seminars, as well as focused skills training for individuals and businesses.

DeKalb County hosts several alternative options to public education. Lakewood Park Christian School in Auburn is one of many private institutions in the area, providing unmatched faith-based educational services and programs to approximately 600 students each year. Lakewood Park is a pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade facility that places a focus on academic excellence, community outreach and spiritual growth. St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Garrett, provides faith-based educational services for pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade students in the area.

As for higher learning opportunities, DeKalb County is in close proximity to a number of exceptional college and university campuses. Graduating high school seniors and adults alike take advantage of schools granting everything from career-focused certificates and associate’s degrees to undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to on-site learning, many area institutions offer a variety of distance learning programs via satellite campuses and the Internet. The Ashley Community Center partners with Ivy Tech Community College to offer classes from their location.

Enriching the educational landscape of DeKalb County are its local libraries. The Butler Public Library serves as a community resource center, inviting people of all ages to peruse its collection of books, reference materials, DVDs, video games and more. The library hosts regular children story times, book clubs, teen activities and many other events. Additional libraries in the county include Eckhart Public Library, Garrett Public Library, Waterloo Grant Township Public Library and the Willennar Genealogy Center.

To address public awareness and coordination of the wide array of educational programs for all ages in DeKalb County, Learning Link was launched in 2008. An education initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, Learning Link’s work is based on the shared community vision of working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County. Learning Link provides a platform for linking DeKalb County’s different sectors, entities and organizations, creating bridges for communication and collaboration while contributing to a culture of lifelong learning in DeKalb County.

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