Our Mission

To inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes —especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation.

The United States has long put its faith in education as the "great equalizer," the best way for individuals to change their socioeconomic circumstances and pursue their dreams.

Yet, for many individuals from underserved backgrounds, educational pathways toward upward mobility are too often not accessible or even available. Students of color, those from low-income families and first-generation college students continue to face barriers on the way to completing academic degrees and credentials, limiting their ability to secure jobs with family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities.

Today's family-sustaining careers can be accessed through diverse educational pathways. By 2020, the U.S. economy will grow from 140 million to 165 million jobs. The majority of these jobs will require at least some education beyond high school: 35 percent of jobs will require at least a bachelor's degree and 30 percent will require postsecondary credentials or an associate degree. To meet the growing economy's needs, it is critical that our education system supports all learners in the career pathway of their choice.

ECMC Foundation's work addresses these challenges. By leveraging key points in postsecondary education, we support organizations and institutions that provide high-quality programs to students and learners from underserved backgrounds and increase the number of individuals reaching their educational and career goals.

Our Vision

All learners unlock their fullest potential.

We envision a future where deep issues of equity in education no longer exist. All learners—regardless of their socioeconomic background, which neighborhood or zip code they grew up in, or the color of their skin—have access to educational and career opportunities and the necessary support to succeed.

Through the work of our grantee partners, learners are engaged, prepared and empowered to make positive contributions to society. Organizations and institutions engage learners through educational and training experiences that are rigorous, real-world and relevant. Learners are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed both in postsecondary education and their career. And they are empowered with self-confidence and believe they can pursue any path of their choosing.

Learning is a lifelong practice. Degrees and certifications are essential stepping stones to success, but not the end of the road. As the economy evolves, new jobs emerge and the skill sets that are most in demand shift. Adopting a lifelong learning mindset and drive for continuous education and career development is essential.

Central to our vision is the idea that everyone has an innate ability to unlock their fullest potential, no matter what educational and career pathway they seek. With the right support, training and mentorship, all learners—emerging and continuing—have the power to unlock their fullest potential, turning aspirations into realities.