Pulaski Technical College has been selected to join Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a national initiative to help more college students succeed.
A $50,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation will help Pulaski Tech plan and launch the Achieving the Dream initiative this year. The college will then become eligible for an implementation grant worth up to $400,000 over four years from The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
The goal of the is to help more students, particularly students of color and low-income students , earn degrees, complete certificates or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies.
"Our number one goal is always to help our students succeed," said Dr. Dan. F. Bakke, college president. "As the largest two-year college in the state of Arkansas, we are positioned to reach many students who are pursing their dreams of higher education. The funding from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Lumina Foundation and the expertise that the Achieving the Dream initiative will provide us will help us find innovative and effective ways to ensure our students' success."
Pulaski Tech was one of four colleges selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education announced Wednesday. Other Arkansas colleges included National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Phillips Community College in Helena and Ouachita Technical College in Malvern.
The Achieving the Dream initiative also supports research into effective practices at community colleges, conducts outreach to communities, businesses and the public, and advocates for public policy supportive of community college students' success.
Pulaski Tech officials will work closely with an Achieving the Dream coach, many of whom are former college presidents, and a data facilitator who provides hands-on help with the use of data.
"We are especially grateful to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for their continued support of Pulaski Tech," said Joyce Taylor, executive director of the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, which submitted the grant application. "We are confident that PTC students will benefit from this initiative."
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of Arkansans by funding programs and projects that improve education, economic development and economic, racial and social justice. Additional information can be found on the foundation's Web site, www.wrfoundation.org
The Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school.