More than 1000 attendees, including many ECMC Foundation grantees, flew out to San Diego for NCAN 2017 to discuss college success strategies. We asked our grantee partners: Why NCAN 2017? Here's what they said.
Last week, the philanthropic arm of ECMC Group based in Los Angeles paused their usual work-related activities to take part in a two-day retreat. This included a visit to the UCLA Challenge Course, where all team members (as expected) survived.
Five fellows from four very different schools are spending a year helping each other design new schools that they believe will help close historical gaps between students who are black or Latino and their white and Asian peers. Funding for the fellowship is supported in part by ECMC Foundation.
The Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization announced today that it is committing $30,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced approximately 100,000 families in America's fourth largest city.
ECMC Group today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jeremy J. Wheaton as president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective Aug. 31, 2017.
UCLA professor and author Mike Rose challenges readers to confront their own biases and conceptions of blue-collar work. He offers a compelling exploration of how we can more critically think about physical labor, career and technical education, and the role that each of these occupies in our society.
Testing out manikins, hopping on motorcycles and flying back-to-back to Zenith Education Group's campus… ECMC Foundation's Jennifer Zeisler has had quite an adventure with the Campaign for Innovation over the past 3 years. She reflects on both the excitement & importance of CFI in this blog post.
ECMC Foundation is collaborating with career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation to share the stories of community college alumni who have harnessed their community college education to find fulfilling work in a wide variety of fields. Use Roadtrip Nation's Share Your Road tool to share the steps you've taken to get where you are today and in the process you might just help others find their way.
Amidst the summer heat, three students hopped into a green RV for a cross-country adventure. Leaving from sunny Los Angeles they traveled to and through new cities, valleys, deserts and other terrain hoping to find answers to the same question: how can community college accelerate my education and career goals?
The University of Innovation Alliance, a grantee partner of ECMC Foundation, plans to spend $4 million on micro-debt forgiveness, to help low-income students stay in college, who might otherwise drop out due to financial hardship.
ECMC Foundation announced today it has awarded more than $1 million to Zenith Education Group's Altierus and WyoTech campuses as part of its 2017 Campaign for Innovation (CFI). The annual campaign provides grants to the campuses based on faculty and staff recommendations of innovative ideas that promote student success.
Rebecca, who has had several twists and turns in her postsecondary education, is looking for a fulfilling career that encapsulates her many interests. Recently, she traveled across the country with Roadtrip Nation to find career inspiration and guidance. We spoke to her to learn more.
Program directors Jennifer Zeisler and Sarah Belnick provide insight on ECMC Foundation's partnership with grantee, One Million Degrees
ECMC Foundation grantee partner, the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions is pleased to announce this year's cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders.
Armand, who has been pondering his passions and interests for years, is on a quest to uncover the perfect career for himself. Earlier this summer, he traveled across the country with Roadtrip Nation to find career inspiration and guidance. We spoke to him to learn more.
Melanie, who once took pride in winning neighborhood fights as a teen, now wants to return to the same community to help and empower at-risk youth. Earlier this summer, she hit the road with Roadtrip Nation to discover how to reach her career goals. We spoke to her to learn more.
ECMC Foundation announced today it will commit $724,159 to the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) to support the implementation of the organization's groundbreaking training program, Out of the Gate.
uAspire offers tips to help students beat the "summer melt" and realize their college affordability options
Award-winning book addresses challenges teachers and students from different cultural backgrounds face.
Big Picture Learning and Internationals Network for Public Schools announces the third cohort of the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship, made up of sixteen emerging leaders who will dedicate a significant portion of the next two years to addressing issues of education inequity in their local communities. Funding support comes from ECMC Foundation, as part of our investments in teacher and leader development.
ECMC Foundation is looking for a permanent home for the Soft Skills Digital Library and will provide funding to one selected organization to take over this exciting project. In order to be considered for this opportunity, interested organizations must submit a Letter of Interest to the ECMC Foundation by July 31.
Six million jobs are available across the U.S. according to latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Many employers, however, report they can't find qualified workers. ECMC Foundation President Peter Taylor says career technical education can be a critical part of the solution and a step towards bridging the skills gap.
Jessica Thomas returns home this month with job skills and job prospects thanks to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's program, "Chopping for Change."
Limbo ventures deep into the social terrain that so many of our first-generation college graduates experience: the no-man's land that exists for people of blue-collar, working-class origins who are now living white-collar, middle-class lives. Drawing on her own story, ECMC Foundation's Angela Sanchez shares her personal experiences straddling both worlds as a first-generation college student at UCLA.
ECMC Foundation's three-year grant will be used to redesign the curriculum of elementary, middle and high schools over the next three years by covering much of the costs of training, coaching and professional development for the teachers, principals and district staff in all three school districts.
The ECMC Foundation, which works to improve education for students in underserved communities, has announced grants totaling $1.45 million to seventy-two nonprofit organizations.
For students like Moises, hands-on learning, community engagement, and staff who truly listen and support can make a huge difference in a student's life. Moises credits the school with changing his life. I like to think he's living proof that it's time to redesign our high schools.
The "skills" gap cited by chief information officers as one of their most vexing issues is a facet of a larger, systematic failure in our schooling system. Zenith Education Group CEO and ECMC Foundation President Peter Taylor comments on the topic.
While the ambitious and determined student never doubted whether he should attend college, Chee struggled to navigate the complex steps necessary to meet this goal. That was until he joined Bright Prospect, a Southern California-based nonprofit that provides wraparound academic services and counseling to low-income students in the Pomona Unified School District.
ECMC Foundation announced today that it has awarded $1.45 million across 72 organizations spanning 19 states, as part of its 2017 GO! Program. The program is designed to involve employees under all affiliates of its parent company, ECMC Group, in recognizing organizations that align with the Foundation's mission of improving educational outcomes among underserved communities.
Dr. Commodore, funded with a grant from the ECMC Foundation in Los Angeles and the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, is organizing a series of seminars designed to prepare scholars to become future HBCU leaders. The first of these sessions will take place this November.
Like so many hurdles in Washington and around the country, identifying the problem isn't the hard part—it's finding the solution that takes time, collaboration and effort. A well-prepared workforce will only be realized when all voices are regularly at the table—policymakers, business leaders and educators.
ECMC Foundation awards $2.5M grant to expand New Tech school model practices, specifically to support the design, training, coaching and professional development for teachers, principals and district staff.
This article provides recommendations and tips for organizations interested in exploring strategies that will help them get noticed by grantmakers, write a successful proposal and develop strong relationships with funders.
Marking Coro's 60th anniversary, the event on May 4 recognized high-impact individuals who have worked to create a significant and positive change in the region, and exemplify excellence in effective leadership and dynamic community involvement.
Joining thousands of students and their supporters in the College Signing Day celebration, we sported T-shirts from our undergraduate schools and the ECMC Foundation Board of Directors held up their school pennants. We congratulate all students and wish everyone the best of luck on their journeys!
It's National Teacher Day. To celebrate, we share this motivating story about a teacher who beat the odds while growing up, and now she's helping her students do the same. TedTalk calls her a "Star Teacher" – and they are spot on: Pearl Arredondo's mission is to empower students from underserved backgrounds to succeed and believe in themselves.
Leading up to College Signing Day, a tradition started by Former First Lady Michelle Obama and now continuing under Better Make Room, our team shared advice on important factors that students should consider when selecting the right college for them.
ECMC Foundation announced today it will commit $655,000 to EdVisions Schools, Inc. (EdVisions) to support the launch of the organization's three-year expansion and revitalization initiative, which includes opening 12 new schools and providing training in deeper learning instructional practices to 25 others.
Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) received a $144,145 grant from the ECMC Foundation to examine the role of faculty in the college success of Latino and other students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Six in 10 leaders of community colleges say their enrollments have declined in the past three years, including 21 percent who say enrollment is down by 10 percent or more, according to Inside Higher Ed's 2017 Survey of Community College Presidents.
Sydney Chaffee, a teacher working in an El Education Massachusetts school, is named the top educator in the nation.
Expanding college access for rural students is a national imperative. It's good for our communities, our economy and our country. Most compellingly, it's good for the students themselves.
College Attainment for Young Men Forum, co-organized by the Southern California College Access Network (SoCal Can), ECMC Foundation and the California Community Foundation, will explore opportunities to better support college access and success for young men of color. The event is scheduled on May 11th in DTLA. Learn more and register to attend.
Schools, organizations and funders are increasingly focused on "redesigning schools" using various innovative practices. Kyle Miller will join a panel of educators and funders to cut through different terminology and to discuss commonalities across these instructional approaches.
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) has embarked on yet another noble mission to impact people of color in higher education.
Students from underserved backgrounds face challenges that make it harder to complete community college. OMD's mission is to help them.
Miller is one of two speakers in Deep Dive Den (D3), a conversational style talk where a pair of educational leaders discuss the importance of deeper learning. Learn more about her talk.
One finalist in SXSWedu's launch competition in early March was TeachersConnect. With support and investments from ECMC Foundation, TeachersConnect launched a tool that empowers and connects teachers to share ideas, resources and best practices.
Boonchouy shares thoughts on PBL & discusses a workshop that he will facilitate at Deeper Learning 2017.
K. Paul Singh joins the Board of Directors of ECMC Group
Our Foundation President's article on InsideSources captures important lessons on workforce education from the highly praised film Hidden Figures.
Zenith Education Group, an ECMC Foundation partner, seeks a Director of Development to oversee fundraising activities.
We are hiring program and communications interns. Come join our team this summer! Applications are due by March 19.
We asked professionals in the education field to share why they love their work, what motivates them and what they hope to achieve. Individuals featured in this series play critical roles in programs that our investments support. Come hear their inspiring stories.
Developing strong relationships with students is the key, says a Jackson College professor.
What keeps me going are my students' success stories. Our graduates are taking full advantage of the programs we offer and go on to have successful careers in the automotive industry. As a WyoTech graduate myself who benefited from the program, it feels great to give back to my alma mater and to help create the next generation of technicians.
Funded by a grant from the ECMC Foundation, this project will build on the existing assets of community-based entities, such as the workforce system and educational institutions, and will help increase the adult learner pipeline into postsecondary credential attainment. The program will also leverage adult learner-focused strategies to support college credential completion.
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about equity. I grew up within a deeply inequitable environment and only because of love, care, mentoring, and support programs, was I able to overcome this disadvantage and flourish in my career and life.
My mission is to remove the barriers that prevent access to technology tools for students in alternative schools across America. As the Director of Technology Solutions at The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS), I work to improve education for students in juvenile justice facility schools.
January was National Mentoring Month. To celebrate, ECMC Foundation highlighted stories from our grantee partners that show the importance of mentoring.
In recent days, all eyes in the education community have been focused on the confirmation of Michigan native Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of education. While the Department of Education sets the direction for higher education, a more holistic view of education as a means to ensuring a well-prepared workforce suggests that the nominees across the incoming administration's economic team are equally important to the education/employment equation.
Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence
Taking on the new role of president at a community college is no easy feat. That's why the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence connects experienced community college leaders with aspiring, emerging, and new community college presidents.
For too long, the prevailing attitude in America has been that the only education that matters is a path resulting in a four-year college degree.
A Huntington Beach community organization that provides financial support for single-parent families has received a $379,000 grant, the group announced Tuesday in a news release.
Project Self Sufficiency Foundation (PSSF) announced today that it has received a three-year grant of $379,000 from the ECMC Foundation to increase the number of clients its Project Self Sufficiency (PSS) program serves.
Kate and Lorneesha are a hard-to-miss pair. Both are outgoing with big smiles and their shared laughs reveal a special bond.
The Newburgh City School District has a new champion for equity: Dr. Roberto Padilla.
Michelle Obama delivered her final speech as First Lady last week at the White House's 2017 School Counselor of the Year Award ceremony.
A Democratic state senator says New Mexico needs to take a fresh look at the way it measures student achievement – a key component of teacher evaluations, as well as school and district grades.
For the second year in a row, ECMC Foundation staff personally delivered school supplies to School of Wheels, Inc., a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides academic support to K-12 homeless youth.
"I believe in you." These are the four most important words for high school students and their college advisors to hear, founder and CEO of College Advising Corps (CAC) Dr. Nicole Hurd said at the organization's 10th annual summit last week in Washington, D.C.
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) announced today that it has been awarded over $745,000 in grants from ECMC Foundation and the Kresge Foundation to host a new program called "MSI Aspiring Leaders."
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On Monday, Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond announced that the PowHERful Foundation's 2016 LA 'PowHERful Summit', in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), will be coming to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, December 10th, 2016, giving young women in the Los Angeles area opportunities to experience the inspiring and motivational series that has toured the country.
There's good news for students in health care training programs: according to new studies released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), those who obtain career technical education (CTE) credentials in health care occupations increase their earnings by 50 percent, on average.
On September 26, the ballroom in the Chicago Marriott hotel buzzed with an energy not typical of most Monday mornings. Exponent Philanthropy CEO Henry Berman's opening remarks at the plenary brunch set the tone for the rest of the National Conference.
On Nov. 1, with the support of a two-year, $400,000 grant from ECMC Foundation, NCAN began expanding its e-learning program, Fundamentals for College Access & Success Providers.
Two years ago, ECMC Group didn't have an employee-sponsored volunteer program. Now, they not only have a robust volunteer program, but offer extensive giving opportunities as well.
In response to a report by The Century Foundation, ECMC Group released the following statement:
While ECMC Group fully cooperated with the authors of the latest The Century Foundation report and provided them with extensive information, they portrayed what we believe is an unbalanced and erroneous view of our organization.
ECMC Foundation announced it has donated $20,000 to help National Guard soldiers impacted by the recent floods in south Louisiana.
ECMC Group announced today that Dave Hawn, president and CEO, will leave the organization to assume a new role as CEO of Urban Ventures, effective Sept. 1.
Zenith Education gets a new CEO and $250 million from its guaranty agency owner, to continue effort to reinvent career education and recover from shedding 29 campuses and 23,000 students since buying the remains of failed for-profit.
Zenith Education Group Board of Directors Appoints Peter J. Taylor President and CEO of Zenith; ECMC Group Announces $250 Million Contribution to ECMC Foundation to Help Support Zenith Initiatives to Pomote Student Success
Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit affiliate of ECMC Group, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Peter J. Taylor as president and chief executive officer of Zenith Education Group (Zenith) effective Aug. 1. The ECMC Group Board of Directors also announced a $250 million contribution to ECMC Foundation to support Zenith grants and initiatives geared toward promoting student success.
Now in Spanish, the "Kayak.com" of financial aid enables seamless comparison of personalized tuition estimates, Obama College Scorecard Data across 5,600 U.S. colleges and universities.
New Mexico is a state that is linguistically diverse and rich in culture. On the surface, that sounds great, but from an educational standpoint, it presents challenges across the board.
Jobs for the Future is pleased to announce a $950,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation for Accelerating CTE, a new initiative to improve persistence and completion in career and technical pathways at four community colleges in Kansas and Kentucky.
An unprecedented collaboration among nine state and national foundations today announced seven grants awarded to support college education for currently and formerly incarcerated Californians enrolled in California Community Colleges and the California State University.
With its learning center in the heart of Skid Row, School on Wheels, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that specifically provides academic support to K-12 homeless youth and is the only organization in Southern California that targets this vulnerable demographic.