Few would suggest that economic development should change the balance of diverse lifestyles in the county. However, it is clear young people and adults require further education to earn better wages in the county or participate in the economic growth prevalent in surrounding counties.
One such effort investing in the county’s future is the Career Resource Center (CRC). Here people who have stopped climbing the education ladder find a new set of steps to diploma, certificate and degree achievement. Otherwise, these are potentially the hardcore working poor of the future.
Counseling is a central part of the program to enable students to see beyond the constraints and the blandishments of the community as it is today.
Participants are given an opportunity through CRC to resume climbing that education ladder within the context of their Brown County upbringing.
They learn that coming from some place as different as Brown County does not mean being excluded from the opportunities Indiana and America offer.
Morton J. Marcus is an economist, writer and speaker formerly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.