A coalition of Arizona educators including a representative of the Arizona Department of Education, has announced action designed to help more students prepare for and graduate from college as part of the College Opportunity Day of Action in Washington, D.C.
The Arizona College and Career Ready Team, a network dedicated to the professional development of school counselors and other college access professionals, participated in the event along with education representatives from around the country.
Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class, according to College Opportunity Day of Action officials.
Participants in the event were asked to commit to action in one of four areas:
- building networks of colleges around promoting completion,
- creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness,
- investing in high school counselors as part of the Reach Higher initiative, and
- increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Dr. Jennifer Johnson, ADE Deputy Superintendent of Programs and Policy, said the Arizona team has committed to increasing the state’s college enrollment by one percent each year over the next six years. Dr. Johnson attended the event.
Federal officials also announced $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.
This was the second College Opportunity Day of Action.