College Success Arizona — Three Entities Pool Resources to Create Cohesive Voice for Statewide Education Improvement

| March 2, 2021
 
February 2021
 
Three Entities Pool Resources to Create Cohesive Voice for Statewide Education Improvement
 
Three leading Arizona education entities—Achieve60AZ, Expect More Arizona, and College Success Arizona—announced on February 2 that they are pooling their resources and teams to become one organization. Rich Nickel, president and CEO of College Success Arizona since 2012, will lead the consolidated organization.
 
The enhanced organization, which will be renamed later this year, will create a strategic plan that will include a cohesive education agenda to reach the goals outlined in the Arizona Education Progress Meter and support the success of all Arizona children and adults along the education continuum, from early learning through postsecondary attainment. The Education Progress Meter goals were developed to support a broadly shared vision—that all students, regardless of their background, income, or zip code, deserve equitable access to a high-quality education at every level.
 
This combined organization is the result of a year-long collaborative process involving leaders, funders, and board members of all three organizations. The organization will now embark on an extensive listening tour to hear from diverse communities across Arizona about what is needed for their communities to reach the Education Progress Meter goals. The three organizations coming together share a united desire to elevate conversations and action around issues of educational equity and the impact of opportunity gaps on student outcomes.
 
 
Rural Voters Rank Education as a Top Priority Facing the State
 
 
In keeping with the statewide trend, voters in rural Arizona believe that education is the number one issue facing the state. This according to a poll of 600 likely voters in Cochise, Coconino, Mohave, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma Counties.
 
Immigration and border issues (22%) followed closely behind education (25%), with healthcare (15%) rounding out the top three issues. Rural voters’ priorities are similar to those of voters statewide, though immigration and economic concerns differed slightly. The top three issues statewide included education (28%), healthcare (18%) and jobs/economy (16%).
 
 
Despite concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, voters continue to focus on education. It’s clear they understand the immense importance that schools play in our communities, as they prepare youth for life beyond school.
 
Read more here.
 
College Success Arizona Welcomes Six New Board Members
 
 
 
 
 
College Success Arizona is pleased to welcome six new members to their Board of Directors. This news follows the February 2 announcement that Achieve60AZ, Expect More Arizona, and College Success Arizona have pooled their resources and teams to become one organization. These individuals have previously served on the boards of Achieve60AZ and/or Expect More Arizona. 
 
New board members joining are:
  • Ron Butler, Arizona Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Darcy Renfro, Chief Workforce and Economic Development Officer, Maricopa County Community College District 
  • Charles “Monty” Roessel, President, Dine College
  • Deanna Salazar, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Scott Vanderpool, Phoenix Market Executive, Bank of America
  • Shelley Watson, Vice President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
 
Learn more here.
 
Professional Development Opportunities
 
 
College and Career Planning in the Middle Grades:
March 1 – April 12
In this FREE six-week online course, college-going professionals will earn 20 professional development hours through four learn at your own pace sessions about Arizona’s specific regulations, including graduation requirements, AzCIS Jr., ECAP process, postsecondary institutions, college planning tools and resources. Register here.
 
FAFSA 201: Advanced Topics:
March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
This webinar is designed to address complex questions that may arise when completing a FAFSA application, such as: Who’s the Parent?; Dependent or Independent?; Who’s in the Household?; Homeless and Foster Students; and Tax Transcripts. Register here.
 
 
College and Career Planning for Special Populations:
March 29
This FREE module includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help special population students prepare for college and careers. Register here.
 
After the FAFSA/Verification:
April 6, 2:00 PM
This webinar discusses next steps once a FAFSA is completed including: Analyzing the Confirmation Page; Student Aid Reports; Verification; Following up with Colleges; and Student Loans. Register here.
 
 
Wild Out Counselor Wednesday: Next Steps for Students after FAFSA and Admission Applications:
March 3, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for the next Wild Out Counselor Wednesday. Brought to you by AzCAN, ASU, Be A Leader Foundation, and College Success Arizona. Register here.
 
Wild Out Counselor Wednesday: How to Host a College Signing Day Event:
April 7, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for the next Wild Out Counselor Wednesday. Brought to you by AzCAN, ASU, Be A Leader Foundation, and College Success Arizona. Register here.
 

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