GNTC Selected Into Achieving The Dream National Reform Network

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Signifying a commitment to student success and completion, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is one of 12 institutions selected this year into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. GNTC was welcomed into the network today at DREAM 2014 and will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates, said officials.

“GNTC is very excited to have been selected to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” stated GNTC President Pete McDonald.  “Being part of the Network will assist in the college’s focus of increasing success rates for all students and achieving the highest graduation rates possible.  GNTC and the state of Georgia are committed to student success for every student at every level.” 

“We are delighted to welcome Georgia Northwestern Technical College into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “Georgia Northwestern represents a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured.  It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort

Calhoun Community College (AL)
Cowley College (KS)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
Grayson College (TX)
McLennan Community College (TX)
Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
North Georgia Technical College (GA)
Savannah Technical College (GA)
West Georgia Technical College (GA)
West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
Western Technical College (WI)

Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success, said officials. Learn more about the Model here.


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