Richland College Named Leader College for ‘Achieving the Dream’

Achieving the Dream logoRichland College was recently named as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a national designation awarded this year to only 16 community colleges nationwide that are committed to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Achieving the Dream recognizes community colleges that demonstrate over time how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals. This achievement includes improved skills, better employability and economic growth for families, communities and the nation.

“Achieving the Dream has made me a better teacher,” said Richland College accounting professor Lamrot Bekele. Bekele has held a leadership role with Achieving the Dream at Richland College.

“The work of improving student success is critically important to our education and economy,” said Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream senior vice president. “Richland College has demonstrated that better student outcomes are possible when an institution focuses on policies and practices that help students learn at high levels and overcome challenges life throws at them. Richland College is working hard to move the needle for whole cohorts of students, and deserves recognition for its relentless efforts and promising achievements.”

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, remain in higher education and earn a college certificate or degree. With more than 200 institutions, 100 coaches and advisors and 15 state policy teams working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia, the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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