Establishing a Workforce

Postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion are fundamental to establishing a skilled and educated workforce and a thriving local economy. By 2025, more than six of ten jobs will require education beyond high school. A bachelor’s degree increases lifetime earning potential by two and a half times compared to high school alone. The Postsecondary Success network is working with three Bright Spots who facilitate postsecondary success in unique, yet equally important ways.

Postsecondary Success Bright Spots

College Advising Corps works to increase the rates of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students. CAC places well-trained, recent college graduates as full-time college advisers in high schools across metro Atlanta.

OneGoal’s in-school, credit-bearing course is delivered daily during junior and senior years of high school, and they provide intensive academic, social, and financial coaching for students during freshman year of college.

The Scholarship Academy helps students build full financial plans by teaching them how to negotiate their financial aid packages, manage their financial awards, create scholarship brag projects, and independently navigate the private scholarship market.

College Bound FAFSA Initiative

A collaborative effort between Learn4Life, The Scholarship Academy, and the United Way’s College Bound program, the College Bound FAFSA Initiative facilitates postsecondary enrollment and completion by helping counselors in Title I schools across the region, support students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a gateway to the Pell Grant and other financial aid to pay for college.