As Terre Haute leaders work on a plan to promote growth and economic vitality, its higher education community is poised to play a key role.

Terre Haute is unique in that it has four diverse institutions of higher education, each with a different mission: Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech Community College.

Each contributes to economic development, quality of life and workforce training.

In fact, a new education alliance in the works involves not only the colleges, but also the Vigo County School Corp. and neighboring school districts.

The colleges attract many students to the community. “How do we keep those young people here?” said Vigo County Schools Superintendent Rob Haworth, who has spearheaded

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