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A scholarship to help students register for classes

A scholarship program at the University of Akron allows students who owe a small amount of money from a previous semester, usually under $1,000, and who have not registered for the next semester, to pay off that outstanding bill and be cleared to register and finish. 

SOCHE achieves a 7.1 percent increase in available internships

At the end of the first year of the 20 by 20 Challenge -- an effort to create 20,000 internships by the year 2020 -- the Southwestern Ohio Consortium on Higher Education (SOCHE) saw a significant increase in the number of internships available in the region.

A tuition-free path to an associate's degree

A new program will make all of Detroit's high school graduates eligible for free community college tuition. 

Graduate Memphis will enroll 200 people this year

Graduate Memphis, launched last July by the Memphis Talent Dividend College Attainment Initiative, currently has 68 people enrolled, 180 being advised, 60 currently in school, one graduate, and by the end of 2013 will have 200 enrolled. Within the first nine months of the program, 786 interested people contacted them.

My Degree Matters announces Colorado-wide adult education symposium

My Degree Matters Colorado will host the first-ever convening on adult learning in the state. The symposium will feature best practices, breakout sessions on niche topics such as financial aid and services for veterans, and keynote presentations from leaders in adult education. 

Knoxville academies prepare high school students for careers

Leaders in Knoxville are developing "career academies" that will prepare high school students for in-demand jobs upon graduation. 

Charleston pursues Cradle-to-Career Initiative, career readiness

In Charleston, the greater community is rallying to create an environment where young people can reach their fullest potential. To that end, they're launching some new initiatives designed to maximize resources to support youth development from cradle to career, and help set young people on a path to be successful in that career.

In Rochester, college degree completion starts in high school

Rochester is focusing on helping high school students get interested in going to college, and succeeding once they're there.  

A promise to improve educational attainment for low-income students

Raleigh is seen as an educationally rich community. But a closer look at the numbers reveals a significant achievement gap -- which community leaders have promised to overcome.

Literacy leads workforce development efforts in Little Rock

The Little Rock Region Chamber of Commerce is bringing workforce development to a third grade level by ensuring that children learn how to read -- so they can read to learn. 

Workshop series builds relationships between employers and educators

A workshop series recently held in Harrisburg aimed to foster relationships between employers and educators and incubate practical solutions for fixing the skills gap and filling the talent pipeline.

"Recession-proof" pathways to careers

A program that began in Madison has become a national initiative to help students think about their careers earlier -- and to create industry-specific competencies that can take people from company to company, even in tough economic times.

Helping employers pay for talent-retaining paid internships

Students who take on local internships are likelier to stay in Rhode Island after they graduate. So Rhode Island is helping shoulder the cost of paid internships for Rhode Island employers. 

Reducing the need for remedial education through collective impact

Making a change in a community requires large-scale efforts -- as well as smaller initiatives that make a difference in individual lives. 

Transitioning veterans, training tech talent for diverse economies

San Diego is in the unique position of being the heart of several markedly different yet equally prominent economies. The San Diego region's key economies include innovation, military, and tourism, and regional partnerships between nonprofits, workforce training groups, and major employers and universities work together to enhance the region's ability to develop, attract and retain highly sought-after professionals and hone its talent pipeline to find the skilled employees it needs to thrive.
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