Improving 75,000 More Community College Completion Dreams

Achieving the Dream welcomes 12 new colleges into the National Reform Network as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary

Orlando, FL (February 27, 2014) – Today at DREAM 2014, 12 community and technical colleges from eight states were welcomed into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. This cohort, serving nearly 75,000 students, will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“We are delighted to welcome the 2014 Cohort of colleges into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “These 12 colleges represent a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort:

  • Calhoun Community College (AL)
  • Cowley College (KS)
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
  • Grayson College (TX)
  • McLennan Community College (TX)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
  • North Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • Savannah Technical College (GA)
  • West Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
  • Western Technical College (WI)

“Mohawk Valley Community College is proud to be the first of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” said Dr. Randall J. VanWagoner, President of MVCC. “Just as our community is gaining statewide and even national notice for its economic momentum, our college is making the great institution-wide commitment to become a SUNY leader in student success and equity.”

The Achieving the Dream Model
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on five principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success. 

Press Release Files

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 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 equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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