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Community Spotlights

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

Our partnership with New America, highlighting the Comebacker Movement. Click the links below to read articles written by Graduate! Network staff and contributors.

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.

News

Re-envisioning Retail – Upskilling and Employee Investment

Recently, The Graduate! Network’s Bridgett Strickler took part in a two-day webinar series hosted by the Colorado Workforce Development Council focused on equitable strategies for economic recovery and identifying opportunities for upskilling, reskilling, and redeploying displaced workers.

Follow the links below to view Bridgett’s panel or browse all of the videos from last week’s event.

Click here to watch “Upskilling and Employee Investment” featuring Bridgett Strickler.

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Employers Pay it Forward by Helping Staff Return to College

(from New America)
Chief executive officer Ingrid Tolentino knows the value of employee benefits. Her company sells them.

Employers can buy legal services for their workers through MetLife Legal Plans Inc. Good benefits build employee loyalty, Tolentino would argue from MetLife Legal Plans’ office in a Cleveland skyscraper. That’s why she always thought it made sense to offer tuition reimbursement to her employees, particularly her call-center workers who need a four-year degree to advance.

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Watch Hadass Sheffer at North Carolina’s Adult Promise Symposium


On February 13th, the University of North Carolina System held North Carolina’s Adult Promise Symposium, a four hour event focused on the higher education and workforce imperative in North Carolina. The Graduate! Network’s Hadass Sheffer joined the National Perspective panel to share her vast knowledge around working with adult learners across the country. Follow the link below to view the panel.

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Bringing adults back to college? Just call and ask

(from New America)
In Cleveland, a simple idea has made a big difference for both colleges and for adults who left school before graduating.

The idea? Call them and invite them back. The program’s name describes the mission: (Re)connect to College. Reconnect to courses, reconnect to financial aid, reconnect to counseling, reconnect to a degree.

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Malik Brown, Executive Director of Graduate! Philadelphia, Interview on The Pivot

(from The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia)
The Pivot is a web series from the Economy League’s Impact Labs highlighting innovative organizational pivots happening across the Greater Philadelphia region in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest episode features Malik Brown, Executive Director of Graduate! Philadelphia, and focuses on the power of partnerships in these stressful times. Click the link below to access all episodes of The Pivot.

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