Local businesses honored for employee education commitment

Several area businesses and not for profit groups were recognized last week at the Indiana statehouse for their work improving adult education efforts statewide.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the agency and the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education, recognized Hoosier adult learners as well as Indiana employers at the 2023 Adult Education Day ceremony.

In Indiana, 70% of adult learners are employed after earning their high school equivalency and experience an average wage increase of $8,400 annually. Last year, 3,795 Hoosier adult learners earned their high school equivalency.

During the ceremony, 16 business partners were recognized for offering adult education classes to their staff. Those included Sans Souci, in Columbus; Horizon House in Shelbyville; and Brown County Health & Living in Nashville.

The organizations were recognized for efforts such as providing employees’ wages for attending adult education classes; Supplying classroom space and computers or other technology to support students; and Offering permanent employment to workers who successfully completed classes.