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ECMC Foundation Launches Collaborative to Support Research and Leadership in Career and Technical Education

October 1, 2018

Today, ECMC Foundation announced the launch of the CTE Leadership Collaborative—an initiative focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) leaders with the tools, resources and skills needed to advance the field.

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IHEP Launches Degrees When Due, New Initiative to Help Colleges Boost Degree-Completion, Narrow Degree Attainment Inequities

September 25, 2018

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) announced today the launch of Degrees When Due, a three-year initiative to help states and postsecondary institutions improve degree-completion, especially among students with some college credits, but no degree. Together, Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, and ECMC Foundation have invested $5.8 million to support this endeavor. This combined commitment represents the largest investment in an IHEP initiative and will ensure that states and institutions can participate at no charge.

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Kresge, ECMC Foundation Combine for $1.4 Million Investment in College Forward to Scale Predictive Analytics Software

September 24, 2018

The Kresge Foundation and the ECMC Foundation today announced a joint investment in College Forward's CoPilot platform, which will allow the college access and success nonprofit to grow the student-information system to reach upward of 1 million students from low-income communities across the nation in the coming years.

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What's the Value in Helping Students 'Reclaim' Their Degrees?

September 24, 2018

This week the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) will announce a major campaign to help hundreds of colleges in 32 states develop expertise in what it calls "degree reclamation. A big piece of this project will go toward research on whether reverse transfer benefits students — and if so, how.

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Request for Proposal: Evaluating Impact – Mentorship in College Persistence

September 18, 2018

ECMCF seeks a partner to assess a cohort of foundation grantees that prioritize mentoring as a key component of their college success models. The selected partner will evaluate which engagement models and advising components of these mentoring programs are most effective for the persistence and successful college completion of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds.

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High-Quality and Equity-Driven Dual Enrollment Programs Can Help Address the College Completion Crisis

September 17, 2018

By 2020, 65 percent of jobs in the country will require at least some college degree. Despite this reality, the college completion crisis threatens our country's ability to meet the economy's demands. While there is no silver-bullet solution, dual enrollment programs –a type of college in high school program – can play a critical part in closing the degree divide.

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Upcoming Session: Career and Technical Education 101 – The Landscape, Promising Practices, Opportunities for Philanthropy

September 11, 2018

On October 10, join ECMC Foundation's Jennifer Zeisler and other funders at an upcoming Southern California Grantmakers session on CTE. Register today to attend.

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Grantee Video Spotlight: Institute for Women's Policy Research

September 10, 2018

In 2016, ECMC Foundation granted $375,000 to Institute for Women's Policy Research to conduct a research study about single mothers and their postsecondary education.

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College in High School Alliance Awarded $1.2 Million To Enhance Support for Equitable and High-Quality Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and Early College High School

September 10, 2018

The College in High School Alliance has been awarded $1.2 million over a two-year period to advance its goals of steering the expansion, equity and quality focus of college in high school programs and policies nationwide. The final grant award is supported by three organizations, with $600,000 from the Joyce Foundation, $400,000 from ECMC Foundation and $200,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Three Organizations Emerge as Finalists for MN Cup's New Education and Training Division

August 29, 2018

Nervous and excited. Anxious, yet hopeful. Optimistic overall. That's how ten organizations and their teams felt last week when they arrived at the Minnesota Cup (MN Cup) Education and Training Division Semifinalist Event held at ECMC Group's headquarters in Minneapolis.

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ECMC Foundation Grants More than $8 Million to Postsecondary Education Programs and Initiatives in July

August 28, 2018

In July 2018, the ECMC Foundation Board of Directors approved more than $8 million in grants and investments to 14 organizations across the Foundation's College Success, Career Readiness and Education Innovation Ventures portfolios. To date this year, ECMC Foundation has committed approximately $26 million.

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Latest Development at Altierus Career Colleges Enhance Student Experience

August 28, 2018

Exciting changes are underway across Altierus Career College's Tampa, Norcross and Bissonnet campuses. In this piece we've highlighted some of the initiatives funded by ECMC Foundation that are helping to transform the student experience.

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Grantee Leader Spotlight: Mary Ostrye, Zenith Education Group

August 24, 2018

Meet the provost behind Altierus Career Colleges' academic and classroom transformation.

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Help Us Secure Our Breakout Session at SXSW EDU 2019

August 22, 2018

In partnership with grantee partner Institute for Educational Leadership and others, ECMC Foundation submitted a session for consideration. The session titled Are Career Pathways on the Brink of Something Big? will examine what state leaders with a deep commitment to developing career pathways as an equity strategy have done to create more inclusive policies and practices. Vote for our session by August 30 to help us secure a spot!

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Paper Series: Next-Generation CBE: Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

August 13, 2018

This series recommends specific features likely to help more underprepared students in competency-based education settings master college-ready skills, persist in their postsecondary studies, and ultimately earn credentials.

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Grantee Video Spotlight: Black Male Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles

August 7, 2018

In 2015, ECMC Foundation granted $296,000 to support the expansion of Gateway to Graduation program—created by the Black Male Institute (BMI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Perkins Act Reauthorization Will Jumpstart CTE and Help Close America's Skills Gap

July 31, 2018

ECMC Foundation's parent company CEO Jeremy Wheaton statement on the new legislation, which puts new energy and focus on revitalizing career and technical education.

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Leader Spotlight: Yigal Kerszenbaum, Employment Technology Fund

July 31, 2018

Meet the investor who's made a difference in vulnerable communities across the globe. Now he's reenergizing his efforts in the states.

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What Lessons on Teamwork Can a Baseball Game Teach Us?

July 30, 2018

As part of their summer social outing, in late June, the ECMC Foundation team headed over to the Los Angeles Dodger's stadium to root for their favorite team. While the outcome wasn't what the Foundation team hoped for, they did grab a few pointers on teamwork.

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It's Time to Improve the Transfer Process for Community College Students

July 25, 2018

Katherine Tong, ECMC Foundation intern and first-generation college student, reflects on her experience on surviving the transfer maze.

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Overview Video: We're Funders on a Mission to Improve Postsecondary Education for All Students and Learners

July 24, 2018

In this video, you will meet the ECMC Foundation team, learn about our work, and hear from grantee partners, Bottom Line and CORD.

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Summer Power Reads: Book Recommendations from ECMC Foundation

July 17, 2018

Summer is in full swing! If you're looking for a few good reads that will entertain and inspire you, these short thought-provoking books will do the trick.

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Want to Reduce Summer Melt? Start By Making College Costs More Transparent

July 09, 2018

Many recent high school graduates plan to start college in the fall, but hundreds of thousands will fail to matriculate. For many students, once they receive their first bill, they realize that they can't afford the college they signed up for. This problem could be largely prevented if college costs became more transparent from the beginning.

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California Budget Includes $5 Million for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Community College Students

June 29, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a state budget that demonstrates the state's strong commitment to education for all by allocating $5 million to California community colleges serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Efforts were led by Corrections to College California, a five-year initiative of The Opportunity Institute and Stanford Criminal Justice Center. It is supported by 13 foundations and groups, including ECMC Foundation.

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New Funding Enables Ten Colleges and Universities to Collaborate to Address Equity and Achievement Gaps

June 26, 2018

While college campuses rarely reach outside their walls to collaborate with other campuses, 10 postsecondary institutions have pledged to work together to share best practices, help pilot innovations and openly discuss risks and failures. The new collaborations are the result of a challenge grant supported by ECMC Foundation and in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance.

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Ten Colleges and Universities Will Collaborate to Address Equity and Achievement Gaps

June 26, 2018

While college campuses rarely reach outside their walls to collaborate with other campuses, 10 postsecondary institutions have pledged to work together to share best practices, help pilot innovations and openly discuss risks and failures.

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Three Campuses Kick Off Collaborative Efforts This Summer to Improve Black Male Persistence Rates

June 26, 2018

To increase persistence and graduation rates among black males, starting this summer, three campuses led by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in collaboration with Morehouse College and the University of Central Florida will be in partnership to create and enhance summer bridge programs designed to support black male students' transition on to their campuses.

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Four West Coast Colleges Will Work Together To Improve First-Year Retention

June 26, 2018

Four institutions – the California State University's campuses at Channel Islands, Fresno and Northridge along with Portland State University – have made it their goal to address their common problem: first-year dropout rates that hover around 20%. The collaborative project, which begins this fall, will focus on building data sets that identify risk factors for dropping out; as well as establishing communications protocols to reach at-risk students.

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Three Urban Colleges Work Together to Lower Student Debt and Enhance Career Readiness for Graduates

June 26, 2018

After its initial success, Paul Quinn College will kick off a two-year project this summer to help other campuses, including Kuyper College and Wilberforce University, explore ways to pilot their Urban Work College model.

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Grantee Video Spotlight: Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

June 22, 2018

As a result of support received from ECMC Foundation, LMM was able to scale its regional efforts of Chopping for Change, the only job-training program in Ohio that takes incarcerated individuals out of prison and into civilian custody for training.

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JFF Horizons: Building New Bridges to the Future of Work and Learning

June 18, 2018

JFF Horizons is a conference that served as a powerful reminder that we won't be able to prepare our students for the rapidly changing world and technologies like AI if our education, policy, and private sector systems continue operating in silos, and that highlighted creative ways to conceptualize and build new partnerships and bridges between thos e sectors.

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Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative Update

June 8, 2018

The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is providing technical assistance to the participating colleges and corrections departments, helping to ensure that these programs are providing quality higher education both in prison and post release. This fact sheet outlines the outcomes through fall 2017—both in expanding enrollment, course offerings, and degrees awarded—as a result of the initiative.

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ECMC Foundation at Jobs for the Future's 2018 Horizons Conference

June 8, 2018

Program Officer Maggie Snyder will lead a session on single mothers and postsecondary education. Also come see the list of ECMC Foundation grantee partners who will be at Horizons!

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College Degree Presents a Pathway from Poverty to Prosperity for Single Mom and Her Family

June 8, 2018

Fifteen years ago, Smith felt hopeless: While her first marriage was falling apart, she also lost her home in a foreclosure, and had to move her family into her parents' place. Things changed when she got help from Jeremiah Program and earned a college degree.

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Just the FACTS: Career Technical Education in California

June 7, 2018

More than one million high school and community college students enroll in career technical education in California. This training helps prepare students for in-demand jobs and is critical to meeting the state's workforce needs This fact sheet provides the facts on CTE in California.

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Decoding The Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters

June 5, 2018

New America and uAspire, a nonprofit leader on college affordability, analyzed thousands of financial aid award letters and found not only that financial aid is insufficient to cover the cost of college for many students, but also that award letters lack consistency and transparency.

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College Degrees Bring Significant Benefits to Single Mothers and Society

June 5, 2018

Single mothers who complete a bachelor's degree earn $610,300 more over their lifetimes and are 69 percent less likely to live in poverty than single mothers with only high school diplomas, according to an analysis quantifying the economic returns on college attainment for single mothers, by IWPR.

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Minds that Move Us Challenge: $100K for Innovative Solutions to Adult Career Pathway Challenges

June 5, 2018

Do you have an innovative idea on how to improve adult career pathways programs and want $100K for it? Don't miss the Minds That Move Us Challenge from the Institute for Educational Leadership.

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Institute for Educational Leadership Announces Three $100K Winners To Be Selected for Designing Innovative Adult Learner Education and Training Models Through Mind That Move Us Initiative

June 5, 2018

President ECMC Foundation Peter Taylor is quoted in this release: "This initiative draws from the creativity of talented individuals, and we hope it will redefine how we think about career pathways in the postsecondary education field. It is also one where everyone will benefit and learn from all participating communities across the nation."

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Getting Students through the UNC System to Graduation Is the Goal of New Effort

June 4, 2018

We are pleased to join the Belk Foundation in supporting the University of North Carolina System's launch of the Student Success Innovation Lab. UNC's old initiative will test innovative strategies to get students through the university system.

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Grant Will Fund Laptops, E-book Access at Greensburg Salem Media Center

June 4, 2018

Greensburg Salem High School will enhance its media center, and student access to its resources, through a $10,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation and its GO! grant program.

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Grantee Video Spotlight: College Possible

May 29, 2018

As a result of support received from ECMC Foundation, College Possible doubled the number of students served and helped more than 600 juniors and seniors through these new sites.

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ECMC Foundation Grants More Than $7 Million to Postsecondary Education Programs

May 25, 2018

ECMC Foundation announced today that it has committed $7,122,893 to nine organizations, bringing its total 2018 grant commitments to approximately $15 million to date.

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ECMC Foundation Commits $1.39 Million to Communities Across 19 States Where Employees Live and Work

May 23, 2018

"The GO! Program gives our colleagues the ability to bring ECMC Foundation's mission of improving educational opportunities to their communities and to the folks that matter most to them," said Peter Taylor, president, ECMC Foundation. "The stories we hear about the grants are inspiring and empower employees to make a difference."

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Request for Proposal: Elevating Postsecondary Leadership

May 17, 2018

ECMCF is looking for a partner to select and support a diverse cohort of extraordinary staff and administrators at nonprofit organizations and postsecondary institutions working to advance postsecondary career and technical education. Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by June 22.

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New Resources: Overview of Foundation and Investment Strategy

May 15, 2018

ECMC Foundation's Overview and Investment Strategy documents provide a snapshot into the Foundation's mission, vision, history, evolution, investment areas and investment strategy. These documents are helpful guidance on the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where, Why) of ECMC Foundation.

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ECMC Foundation Job Opening: Program Officer

May 8, 2018

ECMC Foundation is currently filling two Program Officer positions: Program Officer, College Success and Program Officer, Career Readiness. These newly created positions will join the team at an exciting time of growth.

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National Funder, Local Influence: How To Be Mindful of Your Playing Field

April 26, 2018

With our sights set on affecting the postsecondary landscape at large, we maintain a dedication to our national scope. We're also based in Los Angeles. That's where things get tricky.

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ECMC Foundation Job Opening: Communications/Writing Freelancer

April 25, 2018

The communications/writing freelancer will develop compelling and creative web content, articles, press releases, social media campaigns, and print content.

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ECMC Foundation Hosts Premiere of Roadtrip Nation's New Documentary "One Step Closer"

April 24, 2018

This month, Roadtrip Nation's iconic green RV parked outside of Sacramento's historic Crest Theatre, where it welcomed guests attending the premiere of "One Step Closer."

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Voices: Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence

April 23, 2018

Aspen Presidential Fellows share their experience with the 10 month program, which prepares them for the community college presidency.

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A Millennial Funder in Old-School Philanthropy

April 23, 2018

ECMC Foundation's Angela Sanchez reflects on what it means to be a Gen Y in a space where peers traditionally stick to old-school values.

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ECMC Foundation Job Opening: Grants Associate

April 23, 2018

The Grants Associate will undertake a range of tasks, including grant processing, database and record maintenance, data management and analysis, and technical assistance provision to the Foundation's program team.

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Triton Receives Grant to Support Male Students of Color through TRIUMPH Program

April 19, 2018

A half-million-dollar grant will allow Triton College to take the lead on developing support programs for minority male college students throughout Chicagoland. The $500,000 award comes from the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) Foundation.

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Request for Proposal: Bridging Gaps in Postsecondary Research

April 19, 2018

ECMC Foundation is looking for a partner to select and support graduate students and postdocs who are committed to advancing career and technical education through research. Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by May 15.

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Seeking Funding for Big Ideas, MN Cup Education and Training Division Contestants Gather at ECMC Group

April 12, 2018

More than 100 entrepreneurs and investment experts participated in a panel discussion at ECMC Group headquarters recently to generate visibility and interest for the new Education and Training Division of the Minnesota Cup.

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MN Cup: Nation's Largest Statewide Startup Competition Begins

April 12, 2018

The nation's largest statewide startup competition connects and coaches entrepreneurs as they compete to be named the best new business idea of 2018.

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Three Students Take Their Education to the Next Level in Roadtrip Nation's New Documentary 'One Step Closer'

April 6, 2018

Debuting Online and on Public Television, 'One Step Closer' Features Leaders Whose Paths to Success Started With Community College

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ECMC Group and ECMC Foundation to Host MN Cup Event for New Education and Training Division

April 5, 2018

"Raising Capital for Emerging Education Businesses: Insights, Tips and Real Stories" to Feature Local Entrepreneurs and Investors

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The 14th MN Cup Launches This Week, with Newest Division Supported by ECMC Group and ECMC Foundation

March 29, 2018

With support from lead sponsors ECMC Group and its philanthropic arm, ECMC Foundation, this year's MN Cup was able to launch its ninth division, Education and Training. The division will focus on investing in innovative ideas to drive change in education and workforce training and development.

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Meet Achieving the Dream's Trailblazer and Visionary Leader: Karen Stout

March 28, 2018

We sat down with Dr. Stout to learn more about her and what's next on the horizon for her organization, which is the largest network of community colleges.

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14th Annual MN Cup 2018 Opens for Applications March 26 with More Cash and New Division

March 23, 2018

Largest statewide startup competition offers entrepreneurs mentorship and connections —plus $475,000 in prizes and new education and training division

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ECMC Foundation Rolls Out Education PRI Fund, Backing Two Funds

March 22, 2018

The fund invests in startups that aim to help underserved students increase their skills and get better jobs.

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Boston-Based Organization Helps Jamal Grant To and Through College

March 22, 2018

A first-generation college graduate, Grant credits Bottom Line for his success and launches a nonprofit to help others like him.

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Just-A-Start Corporation Receives $500K Grant from ECMC Foundation

March 19, 2018

Just-A-Start Corporation, a community development corporation in Cambridge, recently received a $500,000 grant from ECMC Foundation.

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ECMC Foundation Starts Educational Social Enterprise Biz

March 16, 2018

ECMC Foundation has forayed into private sector investments with the launch of its program-related investments (PRI) platform, the foundation announced.

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RFP: Study on Incentivizing and Scaling Career Pathways

March 13, 2018

This is an opportunity to conduct a study identifying the philanthropic and governmental funders of postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) pathways and determine where there might be funding gaps or investment opportunities. Deadline to submit is April 9.

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ECMC Foundation to Start Awarding Program-Related Investments

March 10, 2018

The Los Angeles-based ECMC Foundation, which works to improve education for students in underserved communities, has announced a new funding strategy designed to tap the power of the private sector to solve problems of inequity in education.

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ECMC Foundation Expands Funding to For-Profit Sector

March 6, 2018

ECMC Foundation today announced the launch of Education Innovation Ventures (EIV) to tap into the creative power of the private sector to solve problems of inequity in education.

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Dream 2018 Brings Leaders Across the Country to Improve and Strengthen Community College

February 27, 2018

More than 2,300 leaders in postsecondary education, public policy and philanthropy, including ECMC Foundation grantee partners attended Achieving the Dream's 14th annual conference last week.

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ECMC Foundation is Hiring Summer Interns!

February 26, 2018

We are hiring program and communications interns. Come join our team this summer! Applications are due by March 18.

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More Alaskan Natives Enter STEM Careers Pathways Thanks to ANSEP

February 25, 2018

Based on the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program engages, prepares and empowers Alaskan Native students for STEM jobs, which make up an integral part of the Alaskan economy.

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Focus on Student Success Increases Student Well-Being

February 22, 2018

A new survey shows graduates from Achieving the Dream colleges report higher percentages of financial and community well-being compared to other community college alumni.

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More Black Students Persist and Earn their Degree at UCLA with Help from the Black Male Institute

February 16, 2018

Black History Month celebrates the achievements of African Americans and their role in shaping American history. At ECMC Foundation, we're changing things up a bit, and recognizing the Black Male Institute, a course series at the University of California, Los Angeles making a critical difference in the lives of black students.

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Request for Proposal: Study on Long-Term Efficacy of Career Programs

February 12, 2018

We are looking to support a study on the long-term impact of enrolling in a non-accredited and/or non-portable program compared to enrolling in an accredited program within a postsecondary career pathway.

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Structuring Community College Transfer to Support Upward Economic Mobility

January 30, 2018

MDC examines transfer practices and experiences at four Southern community colleges, observing how institutional practices, federal and state policies, and student mindset and behavior affect transfer students.

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Transforming South Carolina's School Districts through Deeper Learning

January 29, 2018

Teachers and school leaders working with New Tech Network use evidence-based instructional methods to engage and empower learners across three South Carolina school districts.

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Preparing Workers for Emerging Careers in Kentucky's Post-Coal World

January 23, 2018

Jobs for the Future helps community colleges develop educational programs for under-skilled adult learners.

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How School Networks Create Learning Environments and Community

January 18, 2018

One of our most important tools for educators is community and support.

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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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