Opportunity for 2018 High School Graduates in Adams County – Application Closes July 6!

Goodwill ADCO Scholarship Program Expands to Serve 60 More Students!

The Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) and Goodwill Industries of Denver have recently received funding to support the participation of 60 additional Adams County students in their Goodwill ADCO Scholarship Program! These additional 60 students will receive $100 scholarships ($500 per semester) as part of the program, and will also participate in a two-session summer bridge program with Goodwill and develop a relationship with a Goodwill advisor during the 2018/2019 school year.

This is a great opportunity for students who did not receive the AdCO Scholarship Fund (as they are participating in a similar program through this partnership). The deadline for students to apply is July 6! APPLY HERE

ACEC and Goodwill are members of ACYI’s Post-Secondary Success Collaborative Action Network (CAN), which is working to support increasing post-secondary enrollment and completion in Adams County. In alignment with their Short-Term Target, the CAN has identified a cohort of approximately 200 high school graduate, of over 460 graduates (May 2018) who have applied and been accepted to Front Range Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, or Colorado State University, but who are at risk of Summer Melt. Despite being college eligible and in some cases even enrolled, these students are at risk of not attending in the fall and will instead “melt” away during the summer. The lower a student’s income, the more likely they are to experience summer melt because they lack the necessary resources and support.

ACEC and Goodwill’s Summer Bridge program directly addresses gaps in summer melt programming for incoming college students who would not otherwise receive this level of intensive service spanning from the summer prior to beginning college through credential completion. Summer Bridge provides not only 12-15 hours of dedicated workshops and instructions on college success and life skills (including topics such as advocacy, communication, cultural shifts, social-emotional skills, and healthy choices), but also builds a strong network of support through one-on-one intrusive advising with each student before their first day of college. Having these relationships in place has been strongly linked to post-secondary persistence and completion among underserved students.

“We’re adopting best practice strategies with proven results,” commented Chuck Gross, Convener of ACYI’s Post-Secondary Success CAN and Executive Director of ACEC. Research shows that relationship building is critical to the success of any intrusive advising program is gaining students’ trust is key. Goodwill provides a reliable support network carrying students from high school all the way through credential completion. “By providing these interventions to this cohort of students, we are taking significant steps to ensure their success.”

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