Kresge Grants Support Urban Education Ecosystems

December 21, 2015

The Kresge Foundation announced today that it will provide $1.1 million in grants to support civic, social, business and education institutions that align to promote student success in California, Florida and Michigan.

The funding is expected to improve the rates of low-income students who receive credentials after high school. "Through our work we've seen that low-income students in urban areas are most often going to college close to home," said William Moses, managing director of Kresge's education program, in a news release. "They often struggle to balance their studies with work and family responsibilities. They rely on public transportation and require financial aid and other social supports. We need a system that understands these intertwined challenges and works across sectors to help students succeed."

The $1.1 million is composed of three grants. The first is $600,000 that was awarded to the Community Growth Educational Foundation-Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Both chambers are building partnerships with their local school districts and colleges to increase college attainment.

The second grant was $300,000 to Macomb Community College in Michigan, which will allow the institution to work with the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College to research the different types of transfer for students and the factors that influence their successes and failures.

Finally, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities was awarded $200,000 to improve the institutions' ability to identify and customize student supports and provide mentoring, internships and high-tech pathways for students. The consortium includes Florida International University, the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida.

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