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ProjectAttain! Hires Melanie Dixon, Former President of American River College, as Executive Director


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 [...]

ProjectAttain! Hires Melanie Dixon, Former President of American River College, as Executive Director2023-08-14T23:27:52+00:00

Understanding Challenges and Supports for Community College Students


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 [...]

Understanding Challenges and Supports for Community College Students2023-04-14T16:52:59+00:00

Sacramento State Plans to Launch Adult Learner Success Center


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 [...]

Sacramento State Plans to Launch Adult Learner Success Center2023-04-18T15:44:06+00:00

Sacramento State to Pay University Debt for Returning Students


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 [...]

Sacramento State to Pay University Debt for Returning Students2022-03-11T19:31:21+00:00

IHEP Recognizes Degrees When Due Success @ Shasta College


Shasta College Graduates 600+ Comebackers through DWD Initiative More than 36 million adults across the country have earned some college credits but stopped out before earning a degree. To promote completion, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) launched an innovative, nationwide completion initiative: Degrees When Due (DWD). ProjectAttain! plays a key role in coordinating the DWD California Cohort, communicating information between the IHEP research team and California institutions, sharing DWD research, and connecting institutions with statewide coaching, resources, and best practices. We are thrilled to see Shasta College receive national recognition for its DWD success and grateful to Dr. Kate Mahar, Shasta [...]

IHEP Recognizes Degrees When Due Success @ Shasta College2021-11-05T15:38:02+00:00

HornetAttain! Navigator Wins Sac State STAR Award


Noelle McCurley is a Navigation Rock STAR and Sac State Knows It In July, the university honored McCurley with a Staff Talent Appreciation & Retention (STAR) Award for her hard work, drive, and unshakeable commitment to learners. Although she has worked with tens of thousands of students in her 25-plus years of service at Sacramento State, McCurley ensures that every student feels important, valued, and heard. "No one wants to feel like one of many," she explains. "They want to feel like they count." McCurley ensures that each and every student counts; to her and to the university. She brings [...]

HornetAttain! Navigator Wins Sac State STAR Award2021-10-27T23:00:15+00:00

ProjectAttain! founder earns 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award


DAA 2020: Murphy found home, career path at Sac State By Cynthia Hubert  Jenni Murphy, Dean of College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State received Distinguished Service Award As a Gold Award Girl Scout and the product of a tightly knit farm community in Ohio, Jenni Murphy learned at an early age the importance of teamwork and leadership. Those skills came in handy when she landed a job in corporate training after college, then became a public servant at Sacramento State. They are traits Murphy still leans on today as the dean of Sac State’s College of [...]

ProjectAttain! founder earns 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award2021-04-23T19:48:13+00:00

How Sac State is supporting degree-completion


Sac State to lead statewide degree-completion effort By  Jonathan Morales By 2025, projections show that 65 percent of jobs will require that employees have some type of post-secondary education. (Sacramento State file) You’ve put in the hard work. Finished all of your classes. But you never formally applied for graduation. Or maybe you have an outstanding parking ticket or overdue library book. In any case, you don’t have your degree. Estimates indicate that’s the reality for more than 700,000 Californians – 55,000 in the Sacramento region alone – who are eligible for a [...]

How Sac State is supporting degree-completion2021-04-23T19:52:18+00:00

Mayors of Sacramento discuss Education Attainment


Summit on Education Attainment for Working Age Adults Sacramento, CA – On Wednesday, May 23,2018 Mayor Steinberg joined fellow mayors Christopher Cabaldon of West Sacramento and Preet Didbal of Yuba City to discuss the educational attainment of adults in the Sacramento region. The mayors' panel was organized by Align Capital Region and California State University, Sacramento. It's part of an initiative to get the estimated 62,000 people in the Sacramento region who are within 15 units of completing a college degree to finish their requirements and obtain that degree. The mayor has focused considerable energy throughout his career on [...]

Mayors of Sacramento discuss Education Attainment2021-04-23T19:50:43+00:00
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