Pulaski Technical College has been selected as one of 15 community colleges across the country to receive a $100,000 Walmart PRESS for Completion grant.
The grant program, sponsored by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit leading the nation's most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success, will enable Pulaski Tech to better engage faculty (especially adjunct faculty) and staff in important campus-based reform efforts and ensure that more students have a better chance of staying in school and obtaining a market-valued credential.
Pulaski Tech was the only college in Arkansas to receive the grant. In addition, the college received $55,000 from the WalMart State Giving Program to enhance its writing lab.
"Pulaski Technical College has met high standards of practice and performance and is well-positioned to tackle one of the toughest community college reform challenges our nation is facing: engaging more full-time and adjunct faculty and staff in student success efforts," said Rachel Singer, Vice President of Achieving the Dream, Inc.
The Walmart PRESS for Completion grant will include a 27-month process during which time Pulaski Tech will receive technical assistance and support from Achieving the Dream. In addition, Pulaski Tech will serve as a peer coach and be active in the learning community among the other 175-plus colleges in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. Ultimately, at least 100,000 students stand to benefit directly, and 3.75 million indirectly, from the collective work of the selected colleges.