Yarn Ball Wisdom

Aug 19, 2014
Steve Burger

Not every institution is made of bricks and steel. Some are less substantial, but just as important.

At East Side Christian Church in Evansville earlier this month, cheers erupted when yarn piece number 12,000 was added to a yarn ball brought by storyteller Susan Fowler.

"I reference it as 'a world of smiles', but really, it's a yarn ball.  Officially, it is a cardboard dodecahedron depicting the earth, with pieces of multi-colored yarn wrapped around it that represent a hope and a positiveness for this earth," says Fowler.

Vanderburgh chosen for pre-k program

Jul 22, 2014

The state has chosen Vanderburgh County as one of five Indiana counties to take part in a pre-kindergarten pilot program. 

Governor Mike Pence says Vanderburgh, Marion, Allen, Jackson, and Lake counties have been chosen to help prepare low-income four-year-olds for success in school.

The General Assembly established the pilot program earlier this year, and the Family Social Services Administration selected 18 counties as finalists.

Few college students graduating on schedule

Feb 18, 2014

Not many college students in Indiana are claiming their degrees on time. 

The Commission for Higher Education has released its first-ever study on college completion. It found that less than one student out of ten finishes a two-year degree in two years, and just three out of 10 complete a four-year degree in four years.

The commission says an additional year of college can cost an Indiana student $50,000 in extra tuition, lost wages, and related costs.

Indiana High School students could choose to work toward a diploma in career and technical education under a bill authored by state Rep. Wendy McNamara. The House and Education Committee was passed by legislation 10-1, requiring the state to develop the new diploma to tailor curriculum to students pursuing careers in technical fields and helping employers fill skilled jobs.

McNamara, said its her hope the new diploma would have the equivalence of the state’s Core 40 high school diploma to allow students to move back and forth if they choose.