Our Partners

Helping adults go back to and through college requires the engagement and investment of many in the community.

Helping Comebackers go back to and through college at scale, serving thousands of individuals, is a task that is bigger than any single organization can, or should, achieve alone. The Graduate! model is well suited for collective impact infrastructures, but can also be implemented without one. Communities start by identifying organizations that would benefit from an increase in adult college attainment.

In our experience, Graduate! initiatives work best when the partnership includes economic development entities, workforce development agencies, employers, higher education, and social service providers that augment the work of the core Graduate! team.

This image can serve as a starting point for inviting organizations to play a role in getting more adults back to and through college. Partners can participate in identifying community needs and strengths, aligning agendas, messaging, policy-making, developing, coordinating, and delivering services, and securing resources. Read below for examples of roles for each sector.

Higher Ed

Network Communities partner with colleges and universities to build better pathways to and through earning a degree.

Business & Industry

Network Communities work with business and industry to maximize returns on tuition reimbursement and build an effective talent pipeline.


Network Communities work alongside local and state officials to inform policies and practices to better serve comebackers.

Workforce & Economic Development

Network Communities build on what already exists and align systems to meet workforce and degree attainment needs.

Community Social Services

Network Communities work with other service providers to meet community needs and funnel more individuals back to college.


Network Communities partner with funders to invest in the local community.