Project Attain’s day-long Summer Summit held on August 9th at the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College is an annual event that brings education partners together to share, learn, and align on important systems change work that can lead to better education outcomes. This year, the event focused on adult learner success through the lens of regional collaboratives and the value that collaborative education partnerships can provide. Dakota Pawliki, director of Talent Hubs for CivicLab, a nonprofit Institute for civic collaboration headquartered in Columbus, IN, was the event’s keynote speaker. “The problem exists at the center of this table – and [...]
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ProjectAttain! Hires Melanie Dixon, Former President of American River College, as Executive DirectorVictora Spillman2023-08-14T23:27:52+00:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2023, Sacramento, CA – Project Attain has hired its first executive director, the organization announced last week at its annual Summer Summit held at Folsom Lake College. Melanie Dixon steps into the new position immediately. Dixon is Project Attain’s first full-time staff member, an important milestone that marks a major shift from being a regional education initiative to a fully operating, independent nonprofit organization. Dixon brings an impressive track record of transformative leadership and a deep commitment to student success. She is an accomplished educator and administrator, having previously served as the President of American River [...]
The ProjectAttain! team cannot say enough about the decade of work, time, leadership, and heart that Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen has lent to just about everything he touches. He is a man who believes deeply and genuinely in the power of education and all the benefits it offers students of any type at any age and from every background and circumstance. As he and Jody, his partner in life and profession, prepare to move on from Sacramento in retirement, we want to reflect on and recognize the immense contribution that President Nelsen bestowed on our organization. Quite honestly, ProjectAttain! would [...]
Insights from the Statewide College Attendance Survey (Sacramento State/Melissa Uroff) The California Community Colleges (CCC) system is one of the largest and most diverse higher education systems in the world, serving more than 2.1 million students every year. However, completing a degree or certificate program at a community college can be challenging, and many students drop out before finishing. To better understand the reasons why students leave, the RP Group conducted a survey of CCC students in the fall of 2022. The survey gathered information on students' reasons for attending college, the challenges they face, and the supports that [...]
Center to Provide Adults with Resources, Belonging, and Support to Complete their Education Sacramento State is taking steps to better serve adult students with plans to launch an Adult Learner Success Center. Grounded in an idea that grew out of Dr. Anna Keck’s doctoral research, the Center will provide returning students with the necessary resources and support they need to return to school to complete their degree. Like specialized centers that already exist to support veterans, first-gen, LGBTQ students, and other communities, the Adult Learner Success Center will serve as a space where adult learners can connect with peers, receive [...]