WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- College Promise Campaign, a nonprofit that supports College Promise programs, which expand access to college in many states, is joining with the National Governors Association (NGA) with the goal of greatly expanding such programs. The organizations announced the collaboration that will inform and help governors seeking to increase knowledge of College Promise initiatives.
The organizations held a webinar featuring New Jersey's governor, Phil Murphy, and Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director, tnAchieves, who discussed the TN Promise, launched by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Following the webinar, Virginia's governor, Ralph Northam, shared with other governors and leaders his perspective at the National College Promise Symposium. "It's undeniable that affordable pathways to higher education for Virginians are key to a strong and vibrant economy — that's why it's critical we work to ensure that access to skills training for the jobs of the 21st century are accessible to all Virginians, no matter who you are or where you live," said Northam.
Attendees from education, business, government, philanthropy, labor and nonprofit, as well as student leaders, represented the College Promise ecosystem at the Symposium. They discussed the purpose and impacts of the growing Promise movement.
Many College Promise programs cover much more than tuition and fees, taking great care in providing critical support to help students succeed. These programs make a college degree more affordable and attainable for hardworking students. While individual program models vary, they all have a commitment to fund a college education for every eligible student advancing on the path to a degree, a certificate, and/or credits that transfer to a four-year university, often starting in America's community colleges.
"States already know how powerful College Promise is. That's why I'm so proud to announce that as of today, more than 300 Promise programs are underway in 44 states," said Dr. Jill Biden, honorary chair of the College Promise National Advisory Board.
"These opportunities are setting communities on a path to success by helping students complete the college education they need to thrive in the workforce. As a former governor, I know the reality that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require education and training beyond high school. I urge all state leaders to join this effort," said former Gov. Jim Geringer, who led Wyoming from 1995 to 2003 and serves as honorary vice chair of the College Promise National Advisory Board.
Central to these efforts is the newly released College Promise Campaign Playbook, a resource for elected officials and their teams to guide them through every step of building or expanding College Promise programs in their communities and states. The playbook includes suggested designs and features, as well as insights about implementation, financial sustainability, metrics and evaluation.
College Promise leaders and supporters anticipate that the new College Promise–NGA partnership will aid governors and state, county and city leaders in increasing the education and lifelong economic, social and civic outcomes of their students and communities for greater success and prosperity.
The College Promise Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit higher education initiative that builds widespread support for funding quality college programs for all hardworking students. In the 21st century, a high school diploma is no longer enough to lead Americans to a good job and decent quality of life. CPC is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. collegepromise.org
SOURCE College Promise Campaign