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Achieving the Dream

Helping More Community College Students Succeed

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national initiative to help more community college students — particularly low-income students and students of color — succeed. The initiative works on multiple fronts — including efforts on campuses and in research, public engagement and public policy — and emphasizes the use of data to drive change.

Strategies identified to help more students continue their studies and earn certificates and degrees include:

  • Helping students better prepare for college-level work by focusing on precollege (remedial/developmental) education.
  • Engaging students in the classroom through new instructional techniques that include team learning and combined subjects to make learning more relevant to students’ lives.
  • Using student success courses to teach skills such as time management and effective study skills.


Joe Holliday
Director of Student Services

Nanette Angel
Administrative Assistant


Funding for Achieving the Dream

College Spark Washington continues to fund this initiative in Washington state.

A collaboration of foundations supports Achieving the Dream nationally,  including the Lumina Foundation for Education, Education Assistance Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Houston Endowment Inc., Knowledge Works Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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