Lumina Foundation announced that 20 U.S. communities would be the first partners in a new community mobilization initiative to dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. Communities will partner with Lumina and national thought leaders through 2016 to establish attainment goals and work with national partners develop an action plan focused on reaching the attainment goal to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by community residents. Progress toward the goal will be measured by credentials earned after high school including certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees held by local residents.
“We are pleased to be a partner in Lumina’s Community Partnerships for Attainment initiative,” NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said. “Many of the participating cities are home to NCAN members that are active members of local postsecondary attainment collaboratives,” she said, “and we look forward to helping more NCAN members connect to these important efforts.” For example, Success Boston involves NCAN members uAspire, Bottom Line, the Hyde Square Task Force, and American Student Assistance, and 55,000 Degrees (Louisville, KY) includes the Jefferson County Public Schools and Kentuckiana Works.
As part of this project, NCAN will provide training to members on collective impact topics. The first cohort of communities includes: Albuquerque, N.M.; Boston, Mass.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ind.; Dayton, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Greensboro, N.C.; Houston, Texas; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Quad Cities, Iowa/Ill.; San Antonio, Texas; Santa Ana, Calif.; South Seattle/South King County, Wash. and Syracuse, N.Y..
For more information about Lumina’s initiative, read the press release or watch the video.