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Op-Ed: Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future

Stacy Wall Schweikhart, CEO, and Dr. Thomas J. Lasley, Founder

Published: Dayton Daily News on Wednesday, April 26, 2023


For more than a decade, Learn to Earn Dayton has served as the leading cradle-to-career strategy organization in Montgomery County. When our region experienced a significant loss of employers and jobs amidst the 2008 economic downturn, community leaders came together to discuss how we could reverse the trend and strengthen our human capital. The solution was to form one organization, Learn to Earn Dayton, to lead the establishment of a shared vision, convening of stakeholders, collection and analysis of data, harnessing of community voice and implementation of best practices that lead to increased educational attainment.

Early in our existence, we embraced the collective impact model championed by the StriveTogether national cradle-to-career network, measuring progress using a set of six key milestones along the education continuum. Annually, we publish data to track trends for each milestone so we can refine our strategies according to need. We work with partners to incubate programs and drive change in systems in ways that enable students to succeed. Much of our effort is behind the scenes, focused on providing the data, expertise, and policy recommendations to move these initiatives forward.


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