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Newark Selected to Participate in Postsecondary Education Attainment Strategy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Lumina Foundation has announced a second cohort of communities - including Newark, NJ - to participate in an initiative to increase the number of local residents who hold postsecondary credentials. The partnership with Lumina will provide support and technical assistance for a new consortium, the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), which has set as its goal that 25% of Newark residents will have high quality college degrees and credentials by 2025. In 2011, local funders discovered a dearth of philanthropic investments in college access and success. "We recognized that, even among the Newark students who were getting into college, there were huge dropout rates before students completed their first year" said Jeremy Johnson, Newark Philanthropic Liaison and Co-chair of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative. "Lumina's support of the Collaborative will help us figure out the barriers, address interventions, and build a robust collective of partners to share data, measure success, and provide feedback for mid-course corrections along the way," said Dale Anglin, Victoria Foundation Program Officer and also Co-chair of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative. Newark funders working through the Newark Philanthropic Liaison initiative have been instrumental in moving the NCLC forward.