The TCU Foundation works to enrich the lives of those in the communities we serve through its support of programs that provide education to help people improve their financial well-being.
One way the TCU Foundation promotes health and economic development is by partnering with nonprofits like Elkhart County’s Horizon Education Alliance (HEA), whose new apprenticeship program creates a pathway from high school to upwardly-mobile careers.
Supported by a three-year $50,000 grant from the TCU Foundation, the HEA is connecting Elkhart County businesses with all of its public high schools to train apprentices in business operations, advanced manufacturing and information technology.
As of December 1, 2019, a dozen high school juniors are taking part in the program, splitting their week between traditional classes and work in an office, factory or construction site. Along with earning credit for courses, students earn wages for time on the job.
When the students graduate from high school, they will spend an additional year completing their technical training, still earning wages and progressing toward technical certifications and college degrees.
“It’s a transformative learning opportunity that will inspire a well-educated workforce,” said HEA’s Vice President of Student and Adult Pathways Jason Harrison, “making Elkhart businesses more competitive and productive.”
TCU is committed to building a stronger future for all. It often directs its support to nonprofits like HEA that help people make progress toward economic self-sufficiency. In 2019, TCU and the TCU Foundation provided nearly $1 million to local community organizations.
With a collaborative approach, the TCU Foundation provides grants that both meet the needs of the partner organization and carry out TCU’s core values, including financial literacy and high-impact educational programs.
“TCU prioritizes serving our communities and the TCU Foundation allows us to fulfill that mission with great effect,” said TCU Vice President and Executive Director of the TCU Foundation Angie Dvorak. “We strive, in particular, to support education and training that fosters long-term economic stability and strengthens our local communities.”