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More than just a test: USI professor uses fellowship to explore the impact of YouthBuild USA of Evansville

During the summer of 2014, Dr. Clarissa Willis, associate professor of education, took part in a fellowship provided by the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development (CARED). The fellowship allowed Willis to research the impact of YouthBuild USA in Evansville as they worked to give students an opportunity to pass the high school equivalency test.

YouthBuild USA is a national program for 16- to 24-year-olds who are eligible for a high school equivalency program. Generally, participants come from low-income communities and are sometimes encouraged by the judicial system to participate in the program. The program, which has a small budget and staff, is designed to not only educate students but offer them an opportunity to learn leadership and social skills that will benefit their decision-making processes in the future. Read more...


     The Center for Applied Research and Economic Development (CARED) is the front door that connects your needs with university resources. With over 600 faculty, 4 colleges, and 70 academic programs at its disposal, CARED connects you with the appropriate university resources to meet your needs. CARED is committed to helping individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the region. 

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Mike Schiele, chief executive officer and chair of the board of Vigo Coal Company and chair of its related company Carbo Prill

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