Cradle to Career Network


The College is the anchor institution for a Cradle to Career Network focused on “collective impact” to increase student success and is actively engaged in the community. One of those projects is designation of the first College-Bound Elementary in our service area. Lee College employees, the Lee College Black Education Access and Completion Committee (BEACC), and REAL, a student organization for male students, worked together to design and deliver programming specifically to serve the needs of a local elementary where the majority of students are on free and reduced lunch. The programming included college students mentoring at-risk children, a Lee College Science faculty member performing experiments with the elementary teachers and students as the Science Ninja, and visits by the Lee College Mobile Go Center to get onboard and read e-books specifically selected to support the science topics discussed by the Science Ninja. This program is wildly successful and will be scaled to a second elementary in 2017-2018 with a focus on literacy.  


2016 The Cradle to Career Network has segmented and launched into several community wide initiatives. The first of these is focused on Educations named Academic Beginnings for Children (ABC) with primary targets of improving kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading proficiency. A second action network is focused on financial stability of the community and is convening in May of 2016. In the near future, a third action network is planned with a focus on mental health.

Baseline data for ABC was established in 2015-2016 and strategies narrowed. Implementation will begin in 2016-2017.

Cradle to Career Partnership with Barrett Station Civic Committee continues to develop with a 2016-2017 focus on a new elementary set to open in the fall of 2016. Lee College plans to adopt the elementary and designate it and its students as "College Bound"! In addition, Lee College plans to engage college students in the mentoring of elementary children, provide literary learning experiences through the electronic books provided on the Mobile Go Center and engaging elementary students with the help of a college science faculty member in a common read based on STEM titles.  Barrett Station is a predominantly African American, low income with a long heritage. The community leaders are committed to connecting students to quality education, engaging parents and creating a college-going expectation.   


Lee College's P-16 Council is formally transforming into a Cradle to Career Network using the Strive Framework for greater collective impact. Consisting of an Executive Leadership Council and Collaborative Action Networks, Lee College will anchor this network aimed at improving the community's education, health and economic stability. The Executive Leadership Council includes CEO level members from the education sector, business and industry, non-profits, health and human services, local government and the community at-large.    

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