Throughout the nation, hundreds of local and nonprofit organizations are working to help students underrepresented in higher education — low-income and first-generation students, as well as students of color — prepare for, enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs leading to greater lifelong success. Nearly 400 of these organizations in nearly all 50 states are members of the National College Access Network, NCAN. NCAN members include national and community-based nonprofits, scholarship providers, school districts and charter schools, colleges and universities, state agencies and foundations.
NCAN already provides its members with a robust set of tools and resources, forums for connecting to each other and information updates to help them better serve middle and high school students and current college students. With a $400,000 grant from USA Funds, NCAN will expand the resources it offers its members to enhance the career-readiness of the students they serve.
NCAN’s Connecting College and Career Success initiative will extend the definition of student success beyond graduation to encompass a rewarding career and a fulfilling life. The initiative will focus on two groups:
- Student-serving nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.
- Influencer organizations representing employers, government, higher education and funders.
Through blog posts, webinars, convenings and other means, NCAN will help these members of the college access and success community gain a better understanding of career-related strategies and the ability to implement them. NCAN will also promote discussion and dissemination of “what works” information to key influencer groups representing employers, government, higher education and funders.
During 2017, the College and Career Success initiative will help the college access and success community build a surer path for students to and through college and on to rewarding careers.