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2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.


Mesa Community College

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion

Dan Wollam, Dr. Shouan Pan, Dr. James Mabry, Duane D. Oakes, Jard Langkilde, Kathy Di Nolfi, Eva Felix, Kristen Litt, Pat Peppin, Karla B. Gonzalez, Yvonne Schmidt, Vickie Gallegos, Dawn Rhodes, Christin Franco, and Sarah Galarza

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Innovation Type:
Student Services and Activities

Description:
After a successful pilot year of building and creating Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion, a memorandum of understanding between A New Leaf, Mesa United Way, and Mesa Community College was signed. Another successful collaboration was a media conference featuring Congressman Harry Mitchell, which promoted and celebrated the successful implementation of the community partnership. Federal and local funds are leveraged at 3:1 match rate with the students' personal earned income ensuring financial access to higher education at Mesa Community College. These funds provide support for tuition, books, computers, college fees, course materials/supplies, and educational expenses related to study abroad experiences. By reducing students' personal education costs, they can avoid taking out student loans. Over 75% of students in the program have completed their education at Mesa Community College and many have transferred transferred or are transferring to a four-year university.

How this project is being recognized:
reception/award ceremony on 4/11/13; email announcement to all employees; news article

The criteria this project has met
Quality Efficiency Cost Effectiveness
Creativity Timeliness Replication
Other
Collaboration

 

 

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