Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment (CPA) work aims to deepen the impact of cross-sector, place-based efforts to increase higher education attainment in communities and cities across the country. Mobile, AL is one of 75 cities selected as a CPA site to assist Lumina in reaching Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality post-secondary degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.
75,000 Degrees is a community-wide collaborative designed to increase post-secondary attainment by bringing together Mobile’s K-12, higher education, business, and community partners. This collaborative will create a sense of urgency amongst all stakeholders to double the number of citizens with post-secondary degrees/credentials by the year 2030. Achieving this goal requires the use of data, commitment of shared resources and responsibility, and transparently reporting progress.
College and Career Resources are available for parents, high school students, recent high school graduates, first generation college students, or transfer students.
75K Degrees Blueprint
The 75,000 Degrees Blueprint is a post-secondary attainment agenda success plan which will guide the collective goal of doubling the number of Mobile Citizens with degrees and credentials by 2030. The 75K Degrees Blueprint was released on January 31, 2017 during a public press conference with 50+ community stakeholders present. Click on Blueprint to view.
15 to Finish Campaign
Bishop State is partnering with the Mobile Area Education Foundation to double the number of Mobile County citizens with post-secondary degrees and credentials by 2030 in what is known as the 75,000 Degrees Initiative. As partners in this initiative, Bishop State Community College is encouraging students to take 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate on time through our 15 to Finish Campaign. This campaign is designed to remove the perception that students should take only 12 credit hours per semester. Bishop State students pledge to demonstrate their commitment to fulfilling the goals of the 15 to Finish Campaign, which are:
TAKE MORE: Make taking 15 credit hours the full-time norm
SAVE MORE: Lower financial cost for students
EARN MORE: Earn income sooner through on-time graduation.
#15toFinish is one of the five Game Changers developed by Complete College America
College Affordability Training
On behalf of Lumina Foundation, the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) has been awarded a Flex Partnership with uAspire. Flex Partnerships with uAspire offer access to best-in-class webinar trainings in college affordability, designed specifically for practitioners and paired with turnkey tools they can implement with students immediately. MAEF is the first organization in Alabama to receive this partnership which is valued over $6,000.
Financial aid advisors from Bishop State Community College and University of South Alabama are teaming up with counselors from Chickasaw, Saraland, and Satsuma High Schools to participate in the uAspire training sessions with one mission in mind…increase the number of students who attend college.
Pathway USA is a collaborative program between the University of South Alabama and select partner community colleges- Bishop State Community College, Faulkner State and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. This program provides a smooth transition for students to transfer to South. While students are attending the community college, they have access to a USA Transfer Advisor, on campus resources to support academic success, attend Jaguar home athletic events and much more.
WHY 75,000 DEGREES
By 2020, 65% of jobs will require post-secondary education and training.
While graduation rates are on the rise, only 39% of students are attending college and 1/3 of them enroll in remedial courses.
Only 30.98% of Mobile citizens have a degree or credential.
To fulfill the 30.6% future job growth projected over the next 10 years, we must create 5,000 degrees/credential every year thru 2030.
The demand for physical skills has continued to decline over time. The workforce demands employees with Judgement/decision making, analytic, communications and administration skills.
AREAS OF FOCUS
* Transition from High School to College
* Disconnected Youth
* Dislocated Workers/Low-Income Adults
* K-12 to College Alignment and Collaboration
* Remedial Education
* Economic Development/Business Engagement