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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 […]

Publications

2019 Data That Move Us Report

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Federal Reserve Bank – Invest in Work Chapter

The Graduate! Network contributed a chapter to the Federal Reserve Bank’s book series Invest In Work. You can download the three books or read our chapter here.

We teamed up with New America to investigate the reasons and stories behind the adult Comebacker movement. Read the first installment of our reports here.

News

Thinking About Returning To College? A Guide For Taking The Leap

Have you been thinking about going back to college? Perhaps you’re looking to change jobs, make more money or simply finish that degree you started.

Maybe there’s a program you’ve already checked out, or you’re just starting to explore your options. Wherever you are on your journey, here are six tips to help you take that leap.
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1A Kicks Off Year Two of “55 by 25” Initiative at Summit on Friday, January 10th

LAFAYETTE – On Friday, January 10, One Acadiana (1A) will join partners from across the region and state at the UL Student Union for a summit to kick off year two of the 55 by 25 educational attainment initiative.

The 55 by 25 initiative’s goal is to increase the proportion of working adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55% by 2025. As of the most recent Census data, Acadiana’s current rate is about 38.5%. Looking ahead to year two, a primary focus of the 55 by 25 initiative will be supporting adult students, particularly the nearly one in five adults who have earned some college credit but no degree.
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Summit Features New Award and Strategies to Support Adult Learners

LAFAYETTE, La. – One Acadiana (1A) hosted partners from across the region and state at the UL Lafayette Student Union for a summit to kick off year two of the 55 by 25 educational attainment initiative.

More than 150 stakeholders attended the summit, including K-12 school district superintendents, higher education leaders, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and other public officials.

The 55 by 25 initiative’s goal is to increase the proportion of working-age adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55% by 2025. As of the most recent Census data, Acadiana’s current rate is 38.5%, reflecting a 0.5 percentage point increase over the prior Census year.
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Adult education to be focus in second year of One Acadiana’s 55 by 25 initiative

In year two of the mission to increase the number of adults who benefit from higher education, the focus turns to attracting non-traditional students to earn college degrees or professional credentials.

“A valuable credential can change lives,” said Dakota Pawlicki, strategy officer for community mobilization at Lumina Foundation.

Today, 47% in Louisiana and nearly 39% in Acadiana have a high school diploma or less. One Acadiana is spearheading efforts to change those statistics, a goal of 55% of Acadiana adults who have earned degrees or credentials by 2025.
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With just five years to reach its goal, One Acadiana’s 55 by 25 initiative making progress

With one year down and only five to go, One Acadiana’s goal of getting 55% of Acadiana adults to earn a postsecondary degree or certification is making slow, but steady progress, One Acadiana officials reported Friday.

Across the nine-parish region, the 55 by 25 initiative has seen growth and collaboration, growing from 100 to 160 participating businesses in the first year. However, there is still a ways to go over the next five years for Acadiana to reach One Acadiana’s lofty goal, said Natalie Harder, chancellor at South Louisiana Community College.

“We all recognize across Acadiana that we have got to fix this issue. We’ve got to address this crisis,” Harder said. “Our individual organizations and companies and us individually can’t do this alone. We have got to stick together and stay focused.”
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