Improving 75,000 More Community College Completion Dreams

Achieving the Dream welcomes 12 new colleges into the National Reform Network as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary

Orlando, FL (February 27, 2014) – Today at DREAM 2014, 12 community and technical colleges from eight states were welcomed into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. This cohort, serving nearly 75,000 students, will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“We are delighted to welcome the 2014 Cohort of colleges into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “These 12 colleges represent a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort:

  • Calhoun Community College (AL)
  • Cowley College (KS)
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
  • Grayson College (TX)
  • McLennan Community College (TX)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
  • North Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • Savannah Technical College (GA)
  • West Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
  • Western Technical College (WI)

“Mohawk Valley Community College is proud to be the first of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” said Dr. Randall J. VanWagoner, President of MVCC. “Just as our community is gaining statewide and even national notice for its economic momentum, our college is making the great institution-wide commitment to become a SUNY leader in student success and equity.”

The Achieving the Dream Model
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on five principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success. 

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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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