CEC joins Lumina Foundation’s new Community Partnership to dramatically increase higher education attainment by 2025.
A partnership of education, business, and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the Columbus, Indiana and region’s community learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life.
The CEC remains focused on developing an educated citizenry, educated workforce and preparing high school graduates who are ready for college.
Pre-K through 12th grade initiatives supported by the CEC.
Post-Secondary initiatives supported by the CEC
As you visit the site, please note the links to our Community Education Coalition partner Web sites and resource information to enrich educational and career opportunities for all in our community.
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2012 "Best High Schools Bronze Award" Winner
The CEC Board members consist of educators (superintendents of both school districts in Bartholomew County, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue College of Technology), business leaders, community leaders and public officials.
President, SIHO Insurance Services
Director of Operations, Columbus Learning Center
President & CEO, Columbus Regional Hospital
Retired, Community Member
President, Home News Enterprise
President & CEO, Community Education Coalition
Executive Director- Corporate Responsibility and CEO of The Cummins Foundation
Interim Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College
President, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
Director, Purdue Polytechnic Institute Columbus
Executive Director, Institute for Coalition Building
President, Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation
Vice Chancellor and Dean, IUPUC
President/CEO, Johnson Ventures
Chair, Bartholomew Co. Commissioners
Mayor, City of Columbus
President, Analytical Engineering, Inc.
Business Relations Manager, Duke Energy
Executive Director, Community Education Coalition
Vice President – Engine Business, Cummins
Airport Director, City of Columbus, Board of Aviation Commissioners
Superintendent, Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation
Heritage Fund the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, Retired- Cummins Corp Security
Superintendent, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
Global Enterprise Planning Program Director, Cummins Inc.
President, Coca Cola Bottling Company
President/CEO, Heritage Fund-the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Community Member, Heritage Fund-the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Director, United Way of Bartholomew County
Retired, VP of Business Development, Cummins Inc.
We help communities build coalitions to solve their grandest challenges.
CivicLab is an institute dedicated to advancing the practice of civic collaboration. Led by a team of pragmatic practitioners, CivicLab creates the tools and frameworks that form the underlying foundation for the practice of community collaboration.
CivicLab’s approach is to learn what makes community collaboration work at its best, document the discoveries, and teach and share the practices broadly. The purpose of the work is to help communities increase their collective capacity—which is their ability to get things done, together.
As both an overarching set of principles and a hands-on practice for improving a community, CivicLab’s stakeholder engagement process provides people with a common language and common approach for dissolving complex social problems. It’s a way of thinking and a disciplined way of working together to redesign a social system whose underlying conditions are causing the unwanted problems in the first place.
CivicLab teaches communities how to form guiding teams: small leadership groups that accept responsibility for the success of a whole system. A guiding team learns how to work together to coordinate efforts across programs, organizations, and even the sectors of society. Working in this way requires the creation of a new set of leadership capacities; skills which are uncommon in practice and not often taught.