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Brooklyn, NY – Kingsborough Community College (KCC) is one of eight community colleges selected through a competitive application process to participate in College Success for Single Mothers. Funded by ECMC Foundation and led by the National College Transition Network (NCTN), the goal of the three-year project is to identify the needs of single mother students on campus and develop a plan to expand key practices and services to enhance their college and career success.

Approximately 11 percent of U.S. undergraduates are single mothers. With a powerful motivation to improve the lives of their families and set a positive example for their children, many single mothers pursue education and training that will lead to better-paying work and a meaningful career.

However, often burdened with spending over half their income on housing expenses and a third on child care, single mothers are left with little money for educational expenses. As a result, less than a third graduate from college with either a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling.

One goal of this project is to create a more family-friendly campus that will support the unique needs of these student-parents and their children.

To achieve the project goals, the National College Transition Network (NCTN) is partnering with the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College, developers of the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Using Data to Improve Outcomes, and Achieving the Dream, a national leader in community college reform. These two organizations complement NCTN’s expertise designing effective college and career pathways for adult learners.

College Success for Single Mothers builds on NCTN’s 2019 report, No Matter What Obstacle is Thrown My Way, which documents examples of 17 community colleges that offer targeted programming for student parents. The report recommends that significant work remains to increase institutional capacity to collect data to identify single mothers on campus; provide professional development to faculty and staff on the needs of single mothers; develop diverse and flexible funding sources; and advocate for policies within and outside of the institutions that support single mothers.

 

About Kingsborough Community College | www.kbcc.cuny.edu

Founded in 1963, Kingsborough Community College is Brooklyn’s only community college and is part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, Kingsborough remains firmly committed to its mission of providing both liberal arts and career education, promoting student learning and development, as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.  Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students annually and an additional 20,000 students in its expanding continuing education program, Kingsborough has earned recognition as a Leader College of Distinction for excellence in student success by Achieving the Dream, and has been identified as a Top 10 Community College in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

About World Education | www.worlded.org

Founded in 1951, World Education, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development. World Education has worked in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Their work focuses on nonformal and formal education for children and adults; support for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children; refugee training; elimination of child labor and human trafficking; community development; maternal and child health; and micro enterprise development. In the United States, World Education advances the economic mobility of vulnerable people and communities through education. It strengthens the effectiveness of educators, organizations, and systems to support adults, older youth, and communities to thrive.

About National College Transition Network (NCTN) | www.collegetransition.org

A project of World Education, Inc., The National College Transition Network (NCTN) provides technical assistance and professional development services to community college, adult education, and workforce systems. They design accelerated career pathways, comprehensive student support services, and effective multi-stakeholder partnerships that help adults attain their educational and career goals and access greater economic opportunity.

About Achieving the Dream (ATD) | www.achievingthedream.org

Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas.

About the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College 

The Program Evaluation & Research Group (PERG) provides planning, evaluation and applied research services in support of quality educational programs in formal and informal settings.

About ECMC Foundation | www.ecmcfoundation.org

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures.

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CONTACT: Cheryl Todmann | cheryl.todmann@kbcc.cuny.edu | C: (646) 897-2508 | T: (718) 368-6760