Community Spotlight: Degrees Work – Louisville

This week, we bring you an inside look at Degrees Work – Louisville.

The team shared their struggles about moving Comebackers to completion despite the other responsibilities Comebackers often juggle, how to address institutional debt that can impede students’ progress, and the employer partnerships that are a core component of their work. The responses […]

Community Spotlight: Graduate! Philadelphia

Community Spotlight with Tom Ahart, Director of College Success Services at Graduate! Philadelphia

Every so often, we bring the spotlight to one community within the Network so that you can continue to learn about the background, interests, and insights of your peers. This week, read about Tom and his work as Director of College Success […]

Community Spotlight: Upgrade San Antonio

Community Spotlight with Micaela Rios, Director of Upgrade San Antonio

Micaela Ríos joined the Education Partnership in March 2015 as a College Access and Success Advisor for cafécollege. She is now the Program Director for Upgrade San Antonio. Ms. Rios enjoys guiding families through the college application process, as well as dispelling myths for first generation […]

Community Spotlight: Graduate! ABQ

Community Spotlight with Dan Mendelsohn, Director of Graduate! ABQ

How did an adult completion agenda first come about in your community?

Graduate! ABQ is part of a larger initiative in our community called Mission: Graduate, which is focused on increasing the number of degrees and certificates by 60,000 by the year 2020. The key […]

Community Spotlight: Upper Cumberland’s Big First Year Successes

Cindy Taylor, Director of the Upper Cumberland Tennessee Reconnect Community, centered in Cookeville, TN,  describes how her community first began to address adult degree completion and some of their wins early on. The Tennessee Reconnect Communities (TRCs) are part of the statewide adult education attainment initiative put forth by Governor Haslam. 

How did an […]

Karen Ridgle

“Graduate Memphis helped me to set some goals for myself that had been put on the back burner. Now I am student at LeMoyne-Owen College with a 3.5 GPA. Since returning to college to pursue my degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, my confidence level has increased and now I freely share […]

Greg Akers

“My experience with Graduate Memphis was phenomenal. Without the organization’s assistance, I certainly wouldn’t have a degree. I would not have gotten up the courage to look into going back to school, and the information, advice, and direct introductions Graduate Memphis gave me was fundamental to my graduating.”

Keith Colquit

I had been unemployed for several years due to a back injury I got from my last (highly paid) job. I took a job as a school janitor to pay the bills, but it was at such low pay, with no benefits, and was far from being my dream job that I realized I had […]

Kimberly Lowe

I started going to Temple University in 1989 but had to leave to help out at home when my father passed and my mother was ill.  To help with money I took a job as a Philadelphia Corrections Officer.

Almost twenty years later, I walked into Graduate! Philadelphia.  I was supporting my friend […]