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May 8, 2018
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ODE awards $300k to East County Pathways to College Success Consortium to support a college-going culture for 10,000+ students
(Gresham, Oregon)

From: Laura Conroy, Multnomah ESD

The East County Pathways to College Success Consortium received an award of $300,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to continue the Consortium's work to directly impact our public school youth and their families by utilizing existing collective impact efforts to create a college-going culture. The Consortium members include Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), Multnomah Education Service District (Multnomah ESD) and seven surrounding school districts; Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Parkrose, and Reynolds.

Consortium opportunities are aligned with the Workforce and Career & Technical Education (CTE) efforts, the regional East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) STEM Hub, and AVID for Higher Education and include the following types of activities:
•     Increase accelerated credit opportunities by providing support for Sponsored Dual Credit;
•     Provide support to school districts to increase funding available for students participating in the Middle College program;
•     Increase college awareness to non-traditional and first-generation students and families to increase college-going culture;
•     Equip high school counselors with the knowledge and resources to better inform students on pathways into traditional and CTE post-secondary opportunities; and
•     Support students in transitional and bridge programming.

"We're very pleased that funding has been renewed to support a successful partnership with the ESD and surrounding school districts to support a college-going culture" said Jarrod Hogue MHCC's Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships. “As the lead consortium member we look forward to planning and facilitating the school counselor professional learning communities (PLC), providing oversight of the dual credit opportunities and supporting the program activities and evaluation.”

Multnomah ESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins echoed Hogue's enthusiasm "it's really important to a college-going culture for students, families, and staff to have a supported connection with community colleges; MHCC provides this connection and is an exceptional partner for the east county region."  As part of the grant the Multnomah ESD will assist with the coordination and promotion of 6-12 grade participation in college-going culture and student success activities. 

Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence added “The Reynolds School District applauds this significant grant investment for equitable access to post-secondary opportunities for East County youth. This grant will sustain and grow the initial collaboration between high school and community college instructors to enable more students to gain more credits for rigorous coursework in relevant fields. I am grateful for the focus toward high skill, high wage pathways for many first generation college going students in the region.”

Partnering districts will also support participation in the program by scheduling dual credit classes; promoting and participating in the college-going culture activities; encouraging teachers and counselors to attend summer workshops, trainings and PLC meetings; and supporting on-and-off MHCC campus outreach and education events.
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