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NC State to lead Gates Foundation grant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MDC, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to expanding opportunity and reducing poverty, today announced
that Raleigh has been selected as one of four cities to participate in
the Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS) initiative as part of a
Gates-funded national effort to improve postsecondary completion rates
among low-income young adults.

North Carolina State University, which was awarded the grant on behalf
of the community partnership, is the lead organization of the Raleigh
Colleges and Community Collaborative and will coordinate and administer
the project.

Led by MDC, PPS is a three-year demonstration project to work with
community partnerships focused on increasing the number of low-income
young adults who earn a postsecondary certificate or degree and go on to
get jobs that pay a living wage. Raleigh is one of four community
partnerships in Texas and North Carolina – two in each state – that will
receive coaching and funding to examine the current and historic status
of low-income young adults in their communities and identify data-driven
strategies to advance postsecondary and employment outcomes. PPS is
expected to help communities improve the performance of their
postsecondary institutions; deepen collaboration between education and
industry to forge student pathways to good jobs; and align and leverage
resources to sustain the partnership effort beyond the demonstration

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