College Completion Coaches Program Recognized

May 6, 2014

For Immediate Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2014 edition of “Transforming Communities Through Service” publicationhas listed the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Initiative, a strategic partnership between the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, AmeriCorps and ServeOhio, as an innovative program.

The AmeriCorps Completion Coaches Initiative, which in the 2013-2014 academic year has placed 25 “Coaches” who help support first-time students at 11 community colleges throughout Ohio to earn a certificate or degree, is among 32 “innovative” programs in 21 states highlighted in the publication.

“We are extremely proud that the important work that Completion Coaches are doing to help first-time, first generation college students be successful is getting the national recognition it deserves,” said Karen Rafinski, interim president of the OACC. “This is about helping students.”

The coaches serve cohorts of about 200 students. The coaches assist them with a whole host of issues including intensive advising to help the students be successful.

The program is supported by a $329,000 grant from AmeriCorps. Participating coaches receive a modest living allowance and a $5,500 education award to assist with paying for education at the successful completion of an 11-month service term.

About the OACC

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) is a voluntary association of Ohio’s 23 public community colleges. The Association was founded in 1993 as a single forum for advocacy, communication, recognition, trustee education and trustee-president cooperation. The OACC is the recognized voice of the community college movement in Ohio.

 

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Media Contact:

Jeff Ortega

Director, Public Affairs

Ohio Association of Community Colleges

(614) 221-6222 (OACC)

jortega@ohiocc.org