(From the Lumina Foundation)
Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels III announced today that Madison Area Technical College is one of 10 finalists for Lumina Foundation’s Million Dollar Community College Challenge. The Challenge is a national grant competition aimed at uncovering new ways for community colleges to connect with adult students who need a degree, certificate, industry certification, or other credentials of value.
“One of Madison College’s core values is the belief that all people, regardless of life circumstance, deserve access to high-quality education and opportunities to thrive in their communities,” said Dr. Daniels. “We are proud Lumina recognizes and is investing in our transformational vision for our region.”
Madison College was chosen as a finalist out of hundreds of community colleges across the country. Finalists will now move on to round 2 where they will each complete a video narrative about their college’s promise to adult students. All colleges in the top 10 will receive assistance to hone best practices and develop new ways to elevate awareness of programs and opportunities available through community colleges to prospective adult learners and other underrepresented populations.
“There is no doubt that increasing the number of individuals with credentials across the nation will require collaboration and commitment to doing higher education differently. This must be a team effort,” said Dr. Daniels. “Madison College looks forward to being a leader at that collaborative table, working with Lumina, and learning from our community college colleagues from across the country,”
Following the next round, Lumina will award a $1 million grant to one community college. The other finalists will receive $100,000 grants. The million-dollar winner will be named in August.