Taking Graduate! Philadelphia nationwide

Graduate! Philadelphia was a sponsor and helpful partner for the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Philadelphia in 2009.  I was talking with ACHE President Tish Szymurski today, and she told she that the organization had received an $800,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to replicate its program in other cities.  Tish mentioned Des Moines, Chicago, and Louisville with some discussion going on with Nashville.  It's a great program and I wish it success--as long as it doesn't compete with me!

Graduate! Philadelphia gets Lumina grant to help other cities
The program was created by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to help the more than 300,000 people in the Philadelphia area with some college credits complete their degrees. The program has already been replicated in Connecticut and the grant will be used to help organizations in Chicago, Des Moines, Iowa, and a third city that hasn’t been selected set up similar programs.

Graduate! Philadelphia has 17 two- and four-year colleges and universities as partners and offers services at seven Philadelphia locations. In the last two years, more than 2,000 people have asked it to help them return to college and more than 605 of them have enrolled and are receiving support from it as they pursue their degree.


Hadass Sheffer said…
Dear Rick,

I just came across your comment (Google Alerts work great if one only remembers to look at one's RSS feeds occasionally...)

Thank you for the thumbs up for Graduate!. You may or may not know this, but we are very collaborative (named finalists for the recently announced 2011 Collaboration Prize!) and we would never compete with you - if anyone in Tennessee is interested in a Graduate! program we would love for you/them to join our growing network.


Hadass Sheffer
Executive Director
Graduate! Philadelphia

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