Mentor program seeks tutors to boost graduation: Bartholomew County schools look for ways to increase numbers



COLUMBUS

A program that began during the summer to help at-risk students in Bartholomew County graduate from high school is ready to take the next step. But for that to happen, the program needs at least 300 people to step up and serve as volunteer mentors and tutors.

iGrad, a cooperative effort of the Community Education Coalition, Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus/Franklin and Cummins Inc., is different, said Mark Gerstle, vice president and chief administrative officer at Cummins Inc. and chairman of the coalition.

He refers to the local effort as “the art of the possible.”

It is part of a broad-based campaign in Columbus to improve education, starting with preschool and continuing through college. The

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