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Monticello offers lifelong learning opportunities for residents, beginning with preschools and continuing on to post-secondary opportunities.

Monticello has quality preschools and early learning programs. Early literacy is supported through the library with a program called “Ready to Read” that helps children under the age of five develop reading skills.

Monticello-Union Township Library and the schools support the population’s diversity with English as a Second Language and Spanish classes. Many educational and cultural activities are sponsored by the library, schools, and area organizations.

Twin Lakes School Corporation serves Monticello and the communities of Idaville, Burnettsville, and Yeoman. The corporation’s administrative headquarters is housed in the former South Grade School, a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corporation includes three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

An atmosphere of educational teamwork has been developed in the Twin Lakes Schools. It is exemplified by fine buildings and equipment, excellent programs, highly skilled instructors, interested parents and students who are eager to learn.

Ivy Tech’s White County Instructional Center offers a variety of higher educational options. Students can take first-year classes in Monticello and finish an associate degree on the Lafayette campus, or take classes that transfer credit to other colleges and universities. Ivy Tech offers dual credit classes to high school students giving them the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.

Ivy Tech recently introduced an associate degree in pre-engineering that transfers to Purdue University’s bachelor degree programs in civil engineering or environmental and ecological engineering.

In the eight-county Ivy Tech Lafayette region, the college touches the lives of over 12,000 students each academic year and offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 programs in the areas of business, health sciences, computing, technology, nursing, public services, education, applied science, engineering technology, and liberal arts. Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The White County Academic Skills Center is a non-profit agency providing educational classes that includes workforce development skills. The agency offers the High School Equivalency exam, formerly the GED.

CDC Resources is an agency that creates “opportunities for all abilities,” They support personal, social and life skill development in varied and training and community situations. They offer agency-based vocational training and community employment.

In 2009, the library connected with Evergreen Indiana, an open source integrated library system. Evergreen software allows patrons access to over one million items through member libraries and a resource exchange program. e

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