ProjectAttain! Set to to Guide Regional Collaborative Photo Credit: Andrea Price, Sacramento State ProjectAttain! will play a key role in guiding the Sacramento K-16 Collaborative that brings together the Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento State, UC Davis, the Sacramento County Office of Education, and others to develop new education-to-career pathways in healthcare and engineering, especially for students from traditionally underrepresented communities. The Collaborative is one of six partnerships to receive first-round funding from the Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant program funded through a $250 million investment in the state’s 2021 Budget Act. The program is part of [...]
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The Sacramento Business Journal Honors Duncan and Roughton Honorees for this award program are nominated by Business Journal readers and staff and chosen through a vote of their peers. This year sees honors awarded for ProjectAttain! board treasurer Dave Roughton, a Distinguished Career honoree, and board member Willy Duncan, nominated in the education category. "ProjectAttain! is so fortunate to have leaders like Willy and Dave invested in closing the Capital Region's workforce, equity, and skills gaps by championing educational attainment for working age adults. Thank you, Willy and Dave, for your visionary leadership that supports educational opportunities for all." ~ [...]
Sierra College President Willy Duncan has used a combination of ambitiousness and pragmatism to help keep his school's 18,000 students on track with their studies amid a pandemic that upended teaching protocol everywhere. “We were one of the first colleges in the country to move to a remote environment. That allowed us to get ahead of the curve,” said Duncan. “But we never quite hit all of the classes. You can’t learn to weld online.” Since joining Sierra College as its president in 2011, the 54-year-old Duncan took a scientific approach from the start to best guide students through [...]
"I didn't grow up believing in myself and I do believe in myself now." Every comebacker has a reason to recommit to their education. For Crystal, completing her education was proof positive that she could do it and she was worth it. Subscribe to ProjectAttain!'s YouTube channel to hear more comebacker stories. https://youtu.be/R7gYBSe9BT0
CivicLab selects ProjectAttain! as one of five rural partnerships across the U.S. to participate in a two-year initiative to improve higher education and workforce systems. Supported by Ascendium Education Group, ProjectAttain! will receive training, technical assistance, and direct financial support valued at $150,000 to develop and implement system-level strategies that create pathways to prosperity for rural, low-income learners. Sacramento-based ProjectAttain! joins a cohort of four other partnerships from Florida, Indiana, New Mexico, and Texas that will meet virtually and in person to share ideas, resources, and receive technical assistance. “We are thrilled to be selected to participate in this national [...]
A new Sacramento State program that will forgive outstanding fee debt for returning students is part of a series of initiatives aimed at getting learners back into the classroom and on the path to a degree. The need to make good on unpaid fees – sometime in the hundreds or thousands of dollars – presents a significant barrier for many students hoping to return to college after having left before earning their degree. A new Sacramento State program, however, will eliminate that barrier by forgiving up to $1 million of outstanding debt owed to the University by adult learners who [...]
Jose Returned to Complete his Degree to Honor his Immigrant Parents Every comebacker has a reason to recommit to their education. For Jose, completing his degree was a tribute to his parents who left school without a high school education. Subscribe to ProjectAttain!'s YouTube channel to hear more comebacker stories. https://youtu.be/d2r_rGtaMHU
Dr. Jenni Murphy envisions a California where every credential counts and she's working with UPCEA to make it happen. Dr. Murphy, Dean of Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education and Founder of ProjectAttain!, joins 15 other senior campus leaders charged with driving non-degree credential strategy and key thought leaders from nonprofit organizations actively contributing to the development of an alternative credential space. Through its Council on Credential Innovation (CCI), UPCEA focuses on leveraging the strategic potential of non-degree credentials and non-credit education and training to transform institutions of higher education as well as the talent marketplace. Non-degree and alternative credentials [...]
Capital Region Ranks 49th out of 150 To determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work, WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across 11 key metrics. Their data set ranges from the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the quality of the public-school system to the gender education gap. Of 150 MSAs, Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA, ranked 49th overall, 57th in educational attainment, and 37th in Quality of Education & Attainment Gap. Great news for the Capital Region, but we've still got work to do! In the [...]
Dave Roughton may be retiring from his role as CEO and president of SAFE Credit Union, but his investment in the organization — and its impact on Sacramento — hasn’t wavered. Through leadership positions on the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, the California Credit Union League, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Roughton has been an influential voice in the region's economic vitality, helping businesses navigate through pandemic-related struggles. "In order for SAFE to be a strong and healthy organization, we need strong and healthy communities,” Roughton said of the reciprocal relationship between investing in Sacramento and in turn SAFE [...]