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Education

Programs

4-H

4-H is an extracurricular, volunteer-led, family-oriented program for youth from urban, suburban, and rural communities.

4-H helps young people develop life skills and learn by doing. A life skill is an ability that one can use in everyday life. The basic life skills are building self-confidence, developing an inquiring mind and making decisions, setting and meeting goals, relating to other people, developing a concern for the community, and developing leadership skills.

Location

Purdue Extension

Address

783 S Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 379-1665

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

Eligibility

Youth in Kindergarten to 12th grade

Intake Procedure

Call for information

What To Bring

Fees

Up to $20 for annual membership; scholarships available

Additional Languages

Purdue Extension

812-379-1665

783 South Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Adult Education, English Language Learning and High School Equivalency Testing

The mission of McDowell Education Center is to provide personal relationships in a safe place where all students will be engaged in a respectful, responsible learning environment to promote the best opportunity for current and future success.

Location

McDowell Education Center

Address

2700 McKinley Avenue

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 376-4451

Hours

Mon-Thurs 7:30am-3pm

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

Visit website or call to schedule an appointment

What To Bring

Photo ID

Fees

Testing fee

Additional Languages

McDowell Education Center

812-376-4451

2700 McKinley Avenue

Columbus

IN

47201

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Provides our community with resources related to agriculture, natural resources, our environment, wildlife, and more. 

Location

Purdue Extension

Address

783 S Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 379-1665

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

Call for information

What To Bring

Subject matter in areas of agriculture, home horticulture, natural resources, etc.

Fees

Select programs have fees

Additional Languages

Purdue Extension

812-379-1665

783 South Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is a learning institution that is funded by the local, state, and/or federal government. BCSC offers general education to children in kindergarten through grade 12 and extracurricular activities are also part of many public school programs.

Location

Address

1200 Central Avenue

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 376-4234

Hours

Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

812-376-4234

1200 Central Avenue

Columbus

IN

47201

Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program

Provides school supplies to students in grades K-12 attending Bartholomew County public, private, and home schools.

Location

Address

Phone Number

(812) 375-2216

Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
May 1-July 30, 2024

Eligibility

-Bartholomew County students (K-12)
-Flexible income guidelines

Intake Procedure

Must call to pre-register

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

For Spanish assistance, please contact Su Casa at (812) 375-9370

Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program (BCSSAP)

812-375-2216 (English) or 812-375-9370 (Spanish)

1304 Hutchins Avenue

Columbus

IN

47201

Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation

Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation is a learning institution that is funded by the local, state, and/or federal government. FRHC offers general education to children in kindergarten through grade 12 and extracurricular activities are also part of many public school programs.

Location

Address

9423 State Road 9

Hope

IN

47246

Phone Number

(812) 546-4922

Hours

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation

812-546-4922

9423 N State Road 9

Hope

IN

47246

Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide FREE early childhood services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Programs’ services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Location

Human Services, Inc.

Address

4355 E 600 N

Columbus

IN

47203

Phone Number

(812) 372-8407

Hours

Hours vary by class

Eligibility

Families with children ages birth through age 5 or pregnant mothers, foster children, homeless children, families that receive TANF or SSI, or children with a documented learning disability living in Bartholomew County; household income at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

Intake Procedure

Apply in person, by mail, or online

What To Bring

Birth certificate and shot record for child(ren); photo ID for parent

Fees

Additional Languages

Human Services, Inc.

812-372-8407

4355 East 600 North

Columbus

IN

47203

Health and Human Sciences

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences provides education to individuals and communities in each of Indiana’s diverse counties. We bring university information to the local level – both in person and online – to help people strengthen relationships, eat smart, improve health, and achieve financial wellness.

Location

Purdue Extension

Address

783 S Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Phone Number

(812) 379-1665

Hours

Office: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Programs offered at various days and times

Eligibility

Intake Procedure

Call for information

What To Bring

Fees

Select programs have fees

Additional Languages

Purdue Extension

812-379-1665

783 South Marr Road

Columbus

IN

47201

Job Corps

Job Corps provides free career training and education for 16- through 24-year-olds. We have over 120 campuses across the U.S. where students gain the experience needed to begin a career or apprenticeship, advance to higher education, or join the military. The best part? It’s free.

Location

Address

3129 E Edinburgh Street

Edinburgh

IN

46124

Phone Number

(800) 733-5627

Hours

Eligibility

Young adults age 16-24

Intake Procedure

Call or visit website for more information

What To Bring

Fees

Additional Languages

Atterbury Job Corps Center

800-733-5627

3129 E. Edinburgh Street

Edinburgh

IN

46124

On My Way Pre-K

On My Way Pre-K awards vouchers to 4-year-olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who are approved may use their voucher at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.

Location

Address

Phone Number

(317) 545-1069

Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Eligibility

1) Child will be 4 years old by August 1 of the current year and plan to start kindergarten in the next school year.
2) Child must live in a household with an income below 150% of the federal poverty level.
3) Parents or guardians in the household must be working, going to school, attending job training, or looking for a job.

Intake Procedure

Call for assessment

What To Bring

Fees

Vary

Additional Languages

Office of Early Childhood

317-545-1069

2955 North Meridian Street, Ste. 120

Indianapolis

IN

46208

Special Education Advocacy Curriculum Scholarship

In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, the Arc of the United States provided scholarships for eligible families of color and low-income households residing in Comcast regions to receive free online access to The Arc@School's Special Education Advocacy Curriculum. The curriculum helps families learn to advocate for the services and support their child with a disability's needs.

Location

Address

Phone Number

Hours

Eligibility

1) Must reside in a Comcast region
2) Must be the parent/primary caregiver of a school-aged person with a disability
3) Must be a family of color OR qualify as a low-income household

Intake Procedure

Apply via website

What To Bring

Fees

Scholarship provides access to the curriculum for FREE online

Additional Languages

The Arc@School

No physical address

Columbus

IN

47201

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