The Education Leaders committee's signature achievement was the creation of Austin Aspires, an exciting new organization that is bringing teachers, students, parents, and staff together to cultivate a culture of cradle-to-career educational excellence.  Austin Aspires is thankful for its participating partners in Austin Public Schools, Pacelli Catholic Schools, and Riverland Community College.  Austin Aspires is a member of the Strive Together network and is funded through The Hormel Foundation, Hormel Foods, and Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea/Austin.

Past accomplishments


  • Created Austin Aspires, an independent non-profit with dedicated staff that will carry on the work of making Austin a leader in education.
  • Engaged the community through several focus groups and a Leadership Table that discussed the importance of education and developed goals to help us achieve a culture of educational excellence.
  • Formed Community Action Teams that will work to accomplish these goals.

Current objectives


  • Determine appropriate measures and indicators of success for each goal area.
  • Publish baseline data in a regular community "report card."

Future goals


  • All learners will be ready for kindergarten.
  • All learners will be challenged to achieve their academic potential.
  • Our community will support and enhance parents and mentors in their role as primary influencers of our learners.
  • Our community will provide equal access to opportunities which encourage our learners to explore areas of personal interest and prepare for post-secondary education or career.
  • Our community will address social, emotional, mental and physical barriers to success for all learners.