This four-day virtual event offers a gathering space for higher education experts and thought leaders to exchange ideas about evidence-based reform strategies that transform higher education and increase student success.
On February 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., tune in to the session “How Can Colleges Reach Underserved Learners to Increase Enrollment and Completion?” presented by Marisa Vernon White, vice president, enrollment management and student services at Lorain County Community College; Mamadou Ndiaye, director at JFF; and Brianne McDonough, associate director at JFF.
About the session:
Community colleges are working to meet rapidly shifting needs and demands – of the economy, current students, and their communities. This session begins with a vision for change: JFF’s new Guided Career Pathways framework. We then provide two evidence-based exemplars to reach two groups historically underrepresented in higher education–young Black and Latinx men, and unemployed and underemployed adults. JFF's Back on Track model has built pathways to family-supporting jobs for over 1,200 young adults in seven cities. Lorain County Community College’s Fast Track program last year provided 1,000 unemployed adults with in-demand credentials and a path for continued skill development and long-term success. These programs demonstrate the essential role of partnerships and supports for populations who have been historically underrepresented in community college programs. Participants will learn about the institutional changes needed to recruit, retain, and succeed with nontraditional learners.