Tag: Achieve60AZ

Connections Spotlight — Mental Health Resources

| May 25, 2021
Connections Spotlight — Mental Health Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Achieve60AZ | College Success Arizona | Expect More Arizona team has compiled a list of mental health and behavioral health resources and programs that can be found around Arizona and utilized by students and parents throughout the K12-postsecondary pipeline. Resources in the region include Health Promotion: Mental Health and the Mental Health Support Squad at Northern Arizona University; and the CARE Program at Coconino Community College.

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ACHIEVE60AZ — We need to hear from you!

| April 30, 2021
ACHIEVE60AZ — We need to hear from you!

In early February, we announced that Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona were joining forces to create an enhanced organization. Our goal is to work together to significantly improve Arizona’s P-20 education system and demonstrate meaningful progress on the Arizona Education Progress Meter goals.

Over the past two months, we have been working with our Board, Community Leaders Advisory Council, the combined staff, and others to design our strategic plan. It is also important to us to hear from you to inform our work ahead.

We have created a brief survey to ask for your feedback on a set of key questions. We would greatly appreciate your help in completing the survey, which should take fewer than 15 minutes. Your feedback will be very helpful to inform our strategic plan.

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ACHIEVE60AZ — Stay in the know on what is happening at the Arizona Legislature

| April 13, 2021
ACHIEVE60AZ — Stay in the know on what is happening at the Arizona Legislature

It was a very quiet week at the Capitol with most progress slowing to a crawl. While legislators are focusing on work behind-the-scenes, there’s not much happening in public. There are 145 bills waiting for a hearing in either the House or Senate Rules Committee and almost all connected to funding and may be included in budget discussions.

You’ll see more from us in upcoming emails about what we’d like to see in the budget. One of those items is funding to re-launch the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). Read our recent op-ed in The Arizona Republic, authored in partnership with the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance and the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, that talks about COVID-19’s significant impact on early educati

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Achieve60AZ releases Arizona’s Public Service Promise report

| April 4, 2021
Achieve60AZ releases Arizona’s Public Service Promise report

Arizona has set a lofty goal: By 2030, 60 percent of adults in the state, ages 25 to 64, will hold a postsecondary credential or degree. This statewide goal to achieve a more highly trained and educated population ensures a brighter future for Arizona and for all of us. To get there, we must think outside of the traditional pathways to attainment.

A new issue brief, Arizona’s Public Service Promise, highlights the importance of engaging and supporting adults over age 24 to earn postsecondary credentials. As the brief outlines, one of the most effective ways to connect with Arizona adults is through their employer. For approximately 300,000 adults in Arizona that employer is a public entity.

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

| March 2, 2021
College Success Arizona — 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.

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Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona to become one organization

| February 2, 2021
Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona to become one organization

As a result of a year of thoughtful consideration among community stakeholders and funders, and with Arizona’s students foremost on our minds, we are excited to announce the next chapter of our continued work. The boards of Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona have recently voted unanimously to pool resources and teams to become one organization, effective February 1.

This alignment will provide greater clarity and cohesion, will result in an even stronger voice for Arizona’s students and educators, and will provide a more robust platform to advance the goals outlined in the Arizona Education Progress Meter.

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Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

| December 3, 2019
Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

Achieve60AZ has reached its goal of meeting with community leaders from every county to find tangible solutions to close the achievement gap in Arizona.

The grassroots alliance, dedicated to meeting our state goal of 60 percent educational attainment among Arizona adults by the year 2030, wrapped up its year-long statewide tour on November 7, meeting with leaders in Cochise County.

“Our goal will not be reached by simply talking to people in Maricopa County,” said Achieve60AZ Executive Director Rachel Yanof. “This is a goal for the entire state, so we wanted to make sure leaders across the state were aware and all in. We know Mohave County’s problems are not the same as Pima’s or as Yavapai’s. We wanted to get people all across our great state thinking about what they and their community can do to best reach our 60 percent attainment goal.”

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