Three Colleges Selected to Lead Collaboratives to Improve STEM Pathways

Cuyahoga Community College, Miami Dade College, and Norwalk Community College will work with their states to guide stronger Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and employment pathways

Orlando, FL (February 24, 2014) – Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future (JFF) today announced the selection of the first-ever community college-led STEM Regional Collaboratives at DREAM 2014:

  • Cuyahoga Community College and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges
  • Miami Dade College and the Florida College System
  • Norwalk Community College and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

This effort will help colleges and states better align their college completion and middle-skill STEM agendas in both practice and policy. With technical assistance from Achieving the Dream and JFF, these collaboratives will work to strengthen high demand, middle-skill STEM pathways; improve regional coordination among community colleges and their workforce partners; inform state leaders on policy changes that can support stronger STEM pathways; and foster cross-state learning and collaboration.

These states and colleges were selected due to the strength of their proposed STEM pathways strategies; they have also historically been exemplary performers in the Postsecondary State Policy Network and Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The learnings from these collaboratives will be shared broadly throughout the two networks to accelerate scalable, sustainable strategies that align the STEM and college completion policy agendas.

This initiative is funded through a $700,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. For more information about the STEM Regional Collaboratives click here.

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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