The foundation raises funds for Virginia’s 23 community colleges and manages Great Expectations, an innovative program designed to increase educational attainment and work force success among foster-care youth. This grant helps strengthen the program’s services, expand its reach, and establish an emergency financial assistance fund over the next three years.
Northwest Iowa’s largest community college offers low-income, first-generation, and nontraditional students opportunities to earn degrees in health care, early education, and other fields. This challenge grant supports the construction of a LEED-rated Campus Life and Wellness Center, which serves as a learning laboratory for green-collar jobs programs.
The university is a leader in recruiting and educating young people who have aged out of foster care. Funding from this multiyear grant enables the university to spearhead statewide efforts to improve college access and achievement for former foster youth.
Year Up provides yearlong education and job training for low-income young adults in nine cities. This three-year grant supports the planning and development of the Professional Training Corps, a two-year program that enables underserved students to earn an associate degree at a community college and obtain a year of work experience.
The South African Institute for Distance Education is a unique resource on the African continent that uses technology to increase access to education. Part of ourgrantmaking through the seven-foundation Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, this four-year grant supports SAIDE’s efforts at universities across Africa to best use technology to improve educational outcomes and administrative capacity.