Leader: Look beyond school

Greenwood’s new superintendent wants more students making plans to continue their education after high school, especially those who don’t think they’ll need a bachelor’s degree.

Kent DeKoninck wants the schools to reach out to students who don’t plan to attend a four-year college and encourage them to get extra training before they start jobs after high school, including an associate’s degree, an apprenticeship or vocational training.

More than 90 percent of 2011 senior class at Greenwood Community High School graduated, but only about 63 percent of those students entered a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or technical certificate program, according to data from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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