Our Vision & Goals


Our Vision

Think about a community made up of loyal people filled with pride for who they work for and where they live. They feel a deep sense of ownership in their home town because, at a young age, their company engaged with educators to provide early glimpses toward future careers.

Community Promise capitalizes on career exposure and experiences that lead to authentic career pursuit. We're talking about jobs right in our own backyard. Our business partners are ready to build relationships that transform false perceptions of real careers in our community.

Community Promise promotes high demand careers through MEDCO's Job Profile database. Here, we talk about careers beyond a title and paycheck. We're educating both students and parents about required training, benefits received, and even advancement opportunities within local industry.

But this is a team effort. Our network of high school counselors design custom academic pathways for students ready to pursue specific careers. We know how to build a plan for every student who connects with a high demand job in our community.

This journey continues with a promise. Community promise delivers financial resources to students committed to specific local career pursuit. We've developed Pursuit Grants to fill financial gaps and support specialized certifications or career training. These grants represent investments by a business into future workforce, by students into their future success, and by Community Promise into our future leaders. It's a community fund investing in the people that define community.

Imagine an environment where students are exposed to high demand careers, provided opportunity to experience and pursue real jobs, all while being equipped and skilled to be career and life ready. Here, we reach higher and achieve more. That is the vision and the power of Community Promise.  


Our Goals

The framework of Community Promise streamlines business engagement activities to create intentional pathways for students seeking an authentic career opportunity. We don't want students to just learn about a job. We want them to pursue and earn that job. Our commitment through Community Promise is that students are connected with immediate job opportunities and equipped with skills to succeed both personally and professionally.

  • Our Community Promise is that 70% of graduating seniors will be on a pathway to having education or training beyond high school.
  • Our Community Promise is to invest $750,000 in our own talent by 2022 to address the employment needs of our Marion business community.
  • Our Community Promise is to create an environment that builds community loyalty and is contagious to talent recruitment.
  • Our Community Promise is to be a national leader in creating an insulated talent pipeline that is a competitive advantage for our community.

We invite students and guardians to learn about your Pathway to Success and challenge businesses to make a promise to our future workforce and future leaders.

This is the promise of Marion's exceptional business environment. Will you be all in?