Education is highly regarded in the Whitewater Valley. Boasting a low student to teacher ratio gives the local schools an advantage that is hard to find in metropolitan city schools. Athletics and extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged along with high academic standards to encourage students to meet their full potential. Area schools also offer great career and guidance programs including the Whitewater Technical Career Center, School-to-Work, Agricultural Careers in Education, teacher cadet opportunities and Peer Helper and Facilitator programs. A college education can also be achieved without leaving the area. Ivy Tech State College and Indiana University East offer a wide variety of educational opportunities from technical training and retraining to academic degree oriented courses.