Two Community College Students Win BIG in Inaugural DREAM Big for College T-Shirt Design Contest

Artistic talent earns two Achieving the Dream community college students more than $1,000 in prize money, wide exposure for their talents, and meals for more than 1,000 distressed neighbors in their communities

Silver Spring, MD (February 1, 2012) – Two community college students at Achieving the Dream Institutions won the first-ever DREAM Big for College T-Shirt Design Contest. Edging out nearly 100 other student submissions, these two students garnered the most votes and will have their original art featured on two limited edition T-shirts that will be given to all attendees of D.R.E.A.M. (Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success) starting February 28, 2012. The winning students are:


T-Shirt Contest Winner, Levi MillerLevi Miller
Century College

“I entered this contest to add another piece to my portfolio and thought it would be awesome for people to wear and be inspired by something I designed."


T-Shirt Contest Winner, Laura ShalerLaura Shaler
Muskegon Community College

“I didn’t know much about Achieving the Dream… until the dean of our college introduced the Achieving the Dream T-shirt contest to our Graphics teacher, Nancy Slater. As a class, we came up with the idea of assigning the t-shirt design as a graded assignment."

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with more than 100 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 40 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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