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Bay Area Student Unlocks Her American Dream

January 18, 2018

Thanks to Genesys Works, Kateryn Raymundo got the guidance she needed to get into & through college & land an internship.

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ECMC Group Appoints Diana J. Ingram to Board of Directors

January 9, 2018

ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed, today announced the appointment of Diana J. Ingram to its Board of Directors.

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Los Angeles Women's Shelter Gets Surprise Holiday Visit and Donations from ECMC Foundation

December 20, 2017

As part of ECMC Foundation's annual holiday tradition, team members on Tuesday headed to a local Los Angeles community organization to spread the holiday spirit and share warm tidings.

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From Innovation to Proven Practice to Expansion

December 12, 2017

Article series highlights how one successful career training program in Los Angeles got its head start with support from ECMC Foundation.

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Two Unlikely Forces – Hollywood and Philanthropy – Partner During the Holidays To Improve Educational Outcomes and Reduce Recidivism

December 12, 2017

Two men, Scott Budnick and Peter Taylor, from two vastly different industries found a common mission and purpose.

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Albert Corona Credits Anti-Recidivism Coalition Pilot Apprenticeship Program For His Success

December 12, 2017

Last month program participant Albert Corona visited ECMC Foundation to share his success story.

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Pilot Proves Successful, Leads to Expansion and Funding from LA County

December 12, 2017

All the buzz of the ARC's pre-apprenticeship pilot's success caught LA County's attention & secured funding to continue

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Strategy Shift: ECMC Foundation to Concentrate on Higher Education Initiatives and Close Out Teacher and Leader Development Focus Area

December 6, 2017

After careful consideration, ECMC Foundation has made the difficult decision to close out the Teacher and Leader Development focus area, effective December 1, 2017. Moving forward, ECMC Foundation will direct funding into our two remaining areas of focus: College Success and Career Readiness.

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Education Trailblazers Honored at Champions of Higher Education Celebration

December 6, 2017

Transformation in higher education is difficult. Recognizing this, the Campaign for College Opportunity, an ECMC Foundation grantee partner and an organization working to improve higher education outcomes across the state of California, hosted its second annual Champions for Change Higher Education Celebration to honor and recognize individuals and institutions leading innovative and thought-provoking change.

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What's Next in Higher Education for Adult Learners?

November 28, 2017

ECMC Foundation's Jennifer Zeisler answers this & shares insight on hot button topics affecting adult learners at the 2017 CAEL Annual Conference.

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Innovate+Educate Announces Three New National Partnerships

November 21, 2017

Innovate + Educate (I+E) announces three new national partnerships, including ECMC Foundation, where it is set to take over the Foundation's digital soft skills resource library.

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Mentors Helped California State University Fullerton President Achieve the American Dream; Now She's Giving Back

November 21, 2017

If you are looking for a dose of inspiration, meet President Mildred García. A testament to the American Dream, California State University, Fullerton's president was once a young professional who didn't believe that she – a woman of color – could ever lead an institution of higher education.

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This Week in Brooklyn: Equity and Deeper Learning Take Center Stage

November 16, 2017

Manhattan's sister borough got a visit from 46 public school leaders across the country this week. Bagels and pizza are top-notch in Brooklyn, but that's not what the buzz was about among the group.

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Cultural Adaptation is Key for Successful Transition to Deeper Learning Instruction

November 14, 2017

Jerolyn Murray has been there, done that. She shares advice for educators and school leaders making the transition.

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California Sets Precedent for College Placement and Student Degree Matriculation

November 7, 2017

New law requires community colleges to take a student's high school performance into consideration when determining course placement for college-level math and English.

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Peter Taylor Listed in Top 300 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors by Savoy Magazine

November 2, 2017

Head executive at Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization ECMC Foundation is recognized among leading Black professionals and entrepreneurs.

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Highlights of 2016-17 for NCAN and Student Advocates

October 18, 2017

The National College Access Network, an ECMC Foundation grantee partner, shares highlights from NCAN membership and updates in the college access and success field. NCAN's e-learning program, supported by ECMC Foundation is mentioned.

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Single Mothers in College: Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

October 17, 2017

More single mothers are attending postsecondary institutions than ever, but few go on to graduate, according to findings from a recent report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, an ECMC Foundation grantee partner.

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Foundations Gather to Discuss the Future of Education

October 17, 2017

EdVisions and The Center for School Change recently invited Minnesota-based foundations to come to the table to discuss the most compelling drivers for change and improvement in education. Officials from more than 25 foundations, including ECMC Foundation gathered in St. Paul at meetings or events scheduled over a two-day period in mid- October.

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Transforming Education Through Blended Learning and Instructional Technology

October 12, 2017

Reflections from Brian Barrett, an instructor at for Unjammed 3.0, a project run by ECMC Foundation grantee partner, The Center for Education Excellence and Alternative Settings.

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Tips on Securing Funding for Correctional Education Programs

October 11, 2017

ECMC Foundation's Jennifer Zeisler shares strategies at Second Chance Pell Convening.

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$25,000 Donated by ECMC Foundation to Help Tampa Bay Families After Irma

September 28, 2017

The philanthropic arm of ECMC Group today announced its contribution to relief efforts, helping families and individuals impacted by the hurricane earlier this month.

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The Transfer Maze: The High Cost of Students and the State of California

September 27, 2017

California's economy is in for a shock. By 2030, the state is predicted to have a shortage of 1.1 million college graduates needed to fill jobs that require at least a bachelor's degree. This is partially caused by what The Campaign for College Opportunity, an ECMC Foundation grantee, calls "the transfer maze."

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More Than 1000 Attendees Come to San Diego Conference to Discuss College Success Strategies

September 21, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Team Retreat Focuses on Team Building, Shared Values and Looking Ahead

September 21, 2017

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.

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Starting from Scratch: Five Principals Work Together to Create their Dream Schools

September 19, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Donates to Hurricane Harvey Relief

September 7, 2017

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.

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ECMC Group Appoints Jeremy J. Wheaton as New President and CEO

August 31, 2017

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.

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Book Recommendation: The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker

August 30, 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.

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Campaign for Innovation Celebrates Three Years of Innovation and Student Success

August 30, 2017

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.

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Community College is a Gateway to Endless Opportunities—Show Others What it Did for You

August 28, 2017

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.

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Summer Roadtrip Helps Students Discover the Value of Community College

August 28, 2017

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?

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One Trick to Keeping Kids in College: Forgive Tiny Debts That Force Them to Leave

August 22, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Commits $1 Million to Support Innovation Across Zenith Education Group Campuses

August 22, 2017

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.

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Student Leaves 4-Year University Due to Illness, Finds a Second Chance to Pursue Career Dreams at Her Local Community College

August 22, 2017

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.

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Faces of One Million Degrees: ECMC Foundation

August 21, 2017

Program directors Jennifer Zeisler and Sarah Belnick provide insight on ECMC Foundation's partnership with grantee, One Million Degrees

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The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions Announces First Cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders

August 17, 2017

ECMC Foundation grantee partner, the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions is pleased to announce this year's cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders.

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San Francisco Student, Who Switched College Majors Three Times, Turns to Roadtrip Nation to Find His True Career Interests

August 15, 2017

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.

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Brooklyn Native, Aspiring Activist Wants to Empower Youth in Her Community

August 8, 2017

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.

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Groundbreaking Teacher Training Program for Pre-Service Teachers Launches with Funding from ECMC Foundation

July 27, 2017

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.

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Tips on How Students Can Use Summer to Plan for College

July 20, 2017

uAspire offers tips to help students beat the "summer melt" and realize their college affordability options.

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Book Recommendation: Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

July 14, 2017

Award-winning book addresses challenges teachers and students from different cultural backgrounds face.

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Big Picture Learning and Internationals Network for Public Schools Proudly Welcome the Third Cohort of Deeper Learning Equity Fellows

July 13, 2017

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.

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Request for Proposals: Soft Skills Digital Library

July 13, 2017

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.

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Forget Blue Collar, It's About 'New Collar'

July 10, 2017

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.

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Women at Ohio Correctional Facility Get a Second Chance with Culinary Training Program

June 22, 2017

Jessica Thomas returns home this month with job skills and job prospects thanks to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's program, "Chopping for Change."

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Book review: Limbo Addresses Class Issues First-Generation College Students Experience

June 13, 2017

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.

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Building On New Tech's Successes

June 2, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Awards $1.45 Million In Grants

May 30, 2017

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.

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Who are Health Leadership High School's First Graduates?

May 27, 2017

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.

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America's Education Gap And What CIOs Can Do About It

May 24, 2017

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.

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Franz Chee, First-Generation College Student, Goes to College with Support from Bright Prospect

May 24, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Awards $1.45 Million to 72 Organizations Working to Improve Educational Outcomes in Employees Local Communities

May 23, 2017

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.

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Old Dominion University Scholar Studying Leadership Issues At HBCUs

May 22, 2017

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.

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Only a Collaborative Approach to Workforce Shortages Will Move the Needle

May 15, 2017

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.

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New Tech Network and Three South Carolina School Districts Announce Partnership to Expand College and Career Readiness

May 11, 2017

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.

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Best Practices in Funder Relations

May 9, 2017

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.

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Coro Southern California Honors Peter J. Taylor for His Civic Leadership and Impact in Higher Education

May 5, 2017

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.

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Joining Students Across the Country, ECMC Foundation Celebrates College Signing Day

May 5, 2017

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!

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LA Teacher, Daughter of Former Gang Member, Launches PBL School Dedicated to Empowering Underserved Students

May 2, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Gives Tips on Choosing the Right College

April 28, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Makes $655,000 Grant to Support Minnesota Organization Offering Personalized, Self-Directed Deeper Learning

April 26, 2017

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.

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Excelencia in Education Receives Grant from ECMC Foundation to Examine Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

April 25, 2017

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).

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Enrollment Declines, Transfer Barriers: Community College Presidents' Survey

April 21, 2017

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.

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El Education Teacher Named National Teacher of the Year

April 20, 2017

Sydney Chaffee, a teacher working in an El Education Massachusetts school, is named the top educator in the nation.

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OPINION – We Can't Afford Not to Launch Rural Youth Into College Success

April 20 ,2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation Co-Organizes LA Forum on College Attainment for Young Men of Color

April 20, 2017

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.

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ECMC Foundation's Kyle Miller to Join Panel Discussion at This Year's Schools That Can Annual Forum

April 19, 2017

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.

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Penn Program Poised to Prepare Mid-Career Professionals for Presidencies

April 18, 2017

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.

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One Million Degrees Helps Low-Income Community College Students in Chicago Succeed

April 10, 2017

Students from underserved backgrounds face challenges that make it harder to complete community college. OMD's mission is to help them.

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Kyle Miller of ECMC Foundation to Speak at Deeper Learning 2017

March 23, 2017

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.

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TeachersConnect's Innovative Tool Recognized at SXSWedu

March 15, 2017

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.

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Q&A: Rody Boonchouy Says There is a Deeper Learning and Equity Mission that PBL Can Advance

March 15, 2017

Boonchouy shares thoughts on PBL & discusses a workshop that he will facilitate at Deeper Learning 2017.

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ECMC Group Appoints New Board Member

March 14, 2017

K. Paul Singh joins the Board of Directors of ECMC Group

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Lessons on Workforce Education from Hidden Figures

March 13, 2017

Our Foundation President's article on InsideSources captures important lessons on workforce education from the highly praised film Hidden Figures.

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Apply Now: Director of Development, Zenith Education Group

March 1, 2017

Zenith Education Group, an ECMC Foundation partner, seeks a Director of Development to oversee fundraising activities.

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ECMC Foundation is Hiring Summer Interns!

February 28, 2017

We are hiring program and communications interns. Come join our team this summer! Applications are due by March 19.

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Education Professionals Share Why They Love Their Work

February 27, 2017

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.

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How to Foster College Success and Retention among Underserved Students

February 24, 2017

Developing strong relationships with students is the key, says a Jackson College professor.

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Devin Fly: "What keeps me going are my students' success stories."

February 16, 2017

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.

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CAEL selects Philadelphia, Miami, Norfolk, and Seattle for Prior Learning Assessment Project

February 15, 2017

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.

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Marybeth Gasman: "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about equity."

February 13, 2017

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.

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Kat Crawford: "I am changing the landscape of how students learn in a secure setting."

February 8, 2017

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.

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Mentoring Matters Feature Series Highlights the Importance of Mentoring

February 2, 2017

January was National Mentoring Month. To celebrate, ECMC Foundation highlighted stories from our grantee partners that show the importance of mentoring.

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Column: Make Government Work for Jobs

January 31, 2017

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.

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MENTORING MATTERS: Experienced Community College Leaders Help Groom Next Generation of Presidents

January 31, 2017

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.

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Vocational Education Provides Skills Needed for Long-term, Meaningful Work

January 28, 2017

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.

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H.B. Group Receives $379,000 Grant to Help Single-Parent Families

January 26, 2017

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.

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Project Self Sufficiency Foundation Receives Major Funding for Expansion

January 24, 2017

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.

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MENTORING MATTERS: Kate, Mentor and Trusted Friend, Helps Lorneesha Apply to College

January 24, 2017

Kate and Lorneesha are a hard-to-miss pair. Both are outgoing with big smiles and their shared laughs reveal a special bond.

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MENTORING MATTERS: Newburgh Superintendent Fights to Bring Equity and Deeper Learning into Classrooms—With Help from Mentors, Coaches and Others

January 17, 2017

The Newburgh City School District has a new champion for equity: Dr. Roberto Padilla.

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Michelle Obama Delivers Final Speech: "With hard work and a good education anything is possible."

January 11, 2017

Michelle Obama delivered her final speech as First Lady last week at the White House's 2017 School Counselor of the Year Award ceremony.

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