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Community Spotlight: Greater Minds – Greater Spokane, Incorporated

This week features Greater Minds, an initiative of Greater Spokane Incorporated. The program launched just a year ago and is making progress towards its goal to raise the proportion of residents in Spokane County with high-quality degrees or certificates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2025. Read about how the initiative came to be […]

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 […]

2019 Data That Move Us Report

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The Graduate! Network represented the forefront of on the ground work at Some College, No Degree Panel

On October 30, 2019, The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center hosted an in-depth discussion at the National Press Club on the Some College, No Degree: A 2019 Snapshot for the Nation and 50 States report. Hadass Sheffer, President of The Graduate! Network, was there to represent the work we have been doing over the past 15 years with the some college, no degree population. Many of our partners in this mission were present on the panel, including representatives from Lumina Foundation, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and the National Student Clearinghouse. The panel presented new data on the demographic make up of individuals with some college and no degree, and Hadass was able to deliver unique insights that come from working with this population hands on and across the entire Unite States.

You can access the full report by clicking here.

You can read a brief summary, including highlights from the panel, by clicking here.

You can also watch the full video of the panel by clicking here.

San Antonio’s high rate of student-loan defaults has a bright side: More people are studying for degrees.

Bexar County has an alarmingly high rate of borrowers who have fallen behind on their student loans, and the problem has been getting worse.

Loan delinquency jumped from 5.8 percent in 2003 to 13.1 percent in 2018, the largest increase among the state’s urban counties.
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Program Helps Adults Go Back to School

A new AARP Kentucky program is training volunteers to help adults with some college experience find resources to complete their degrees or earn credentials for in-demand jobs.

The Kentucky Lifelong Learning Ambassador Project is a pilot program that aims to connect AARP members with scholarships, the state’s Project Graduate program and other opportunities.

AARP is collaborating with The Graduate! Network, a national nonprofit that works with community leaders to develop local resources to help adults seeking to return to school.

The project could serve as a national model for linking AARP members with jobs that are in demand due to workforce shortages.

Go to aarp.org/ComebackKY or cpe.ky.gov/pg to learn more about getting help or being a volunteer ambassador. Click here to read more.

Talent-driven economic development: A new vision and agenda for regional and state economies

Talent-driven economic development underscores a fundamental tenet of the modern economy: workforce capabilities far surpass any other driver of economic development. This paper aims to help economic development leaders recognize that the future success of both their organizations and regions is fundamentally intertwined with talent development. From that recognition, its goal is to allow economic development leaders to confidently and knowledgeably approach businesses, educational institutions, and community groups with a clear value proposition that aligns their core capabilities in service of systemic, non-duplicative talent development solutions. Click here to read more.

Wayne State introduces Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge, offering free tuition for Detroit students, residents

Wayne State University today announced the establishment of the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge, which will provide free tuition for graduates of a Detroit high school or Detroit residents earning a high school diploma, and admitted to Wayne State University as a full-time freshman in fall 2020.

The Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge could potentially provide free tuition to the 49,276 students currently enrolled in Detroit Public Schools and thousands of other Detroit residents. Click here to read more.