Meet the Achieving the Dream 2018 Cohort


The newest cohort of colleges has joined the Achieving the Dream Network. Twenty-one institutions from the West, South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast have joined the growing network. The 2018 group is unique and among the largest in ATD’s history, including a cohort of eight colleges from Tennessee and two colleges funded by The Woodward Hines Education Foundation. The 2018 colleges increase the ATD Network to more than 200 institutions from 41 states, including the District of Columbia.

2018 Cohort Colleges

  • Coahoma Community College (MS)
  • Columbia State Community College (TN)
  • County College of Morris (NJ)
  • Delaware Technical Community College (DE)
  • Dyersburg State Community College (TN)
  • Gateway Community College (CT)
  • Harford Community College (MD)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MS)
  • Motlow State Community College (TN)
  • Nashville State Community College (TN)
  • North Central Texas College (TX)
  • Northeast State Community College (TN)
  • Northwest Florida State College (FL)
  • Olympic College (WA)
  • Palm Beach State College (FL)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (TN)
  • Rogue Community College (OR)
  • Vance-Granville Community College (NC)
  • Volunteer State Community College (TN)
  • Walters State Community College (TN)
  • West Hills College Coalinga (CA)

These new colleges began their journeys toward greater student success at the annual Kickoff Institute June 19-21, 2018. Kickoff begins a three-year

intensive capacity-building effort designed to prepare colleges to implement pathways and other large-scale change efforts.





During Kickoff, the colleges received the following and more:

  • A dedicated Data and Leadership Coach to help facilitate and lead the change management process.
  • A coach-facilitated discussion of the college’s Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool results. This group dialogue helps colleges identify strengths, prioritize areas for improvement, and determine actions to build capacity to support student success efforts.
  • Access to more than 40 in-person and online events and webinars that connect colleges with community college peers from throughout the NetworK.

View more photos from Kickoff 2018 here.

Not an ATD Network college? Join us!  We're building our 2019 Cohort now and invite you to inquire about how you can become part of our growing national network of colleges that are committed to improving student success for their students. Contact Bonita Brown, ATD Vice President of Network Engagement, at

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