America’s rural communities are the bedrock of our nation’s economic and fiscal well-being, but they are frequently under-resourced, struggling to gain the attention of policymakers and investors.
That’s why Achieving the Dream launched Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work, an initiative that aims to increase equitable student success by strengthening the capacity of rural colleges to prepare students for careers in today and tomorrow’s digital economy.
Meet the Rural Resiliency Cohort
Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work will help colleges implement whole-college reform efforts, provide students with in-demand skills that prepare them for the workforce, and connect students with careers in the digital economy that pay family-sustaining wages. In addition, the cohort will work toward narrowing equity gaps and provide academic and personal supports to students.
Participating institutions will help build a deeper understanding across higher education and among policy and funding communities for how rural colleges and their partners can promote the economic mobility of students and the vitality of their communities.
Read Rural Stories
The Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work initiative is funded by the following organizations:
- Cognizant U.S. Foundation
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- The Community Focus Fund at the Chicago Community Foundation
- Ascendium Education Group