College Readiness Academy

College Readiness Academy

The College Readiness Academy (CRA) is an exciting new effort to help ABE students prepare for college by limiting or eliminating their need to complete Dev Ed classes. This helps students complete their certificate or degree programs more rapidly, saving time and money. In the first year of operation, 30 students successfully completed the program and enrolled in college, most in credit-bearing courses; six others completed CRA and plan to enroll in college; six additional students already in college received co-requisite support.

As of November 2016, CRAstats included: Cumulative Enrollment: 255; Enrolled in College: 53; Current CRA Students: 70; Developmental Courses Skipped:173; Money Saved: $110,411; and Scholarships Achieved: $44,940.

International Institute, as fiscal agent, received a $400,000 MSPWin grant in late 2014 to develop the College Readiness Academy in Saint Paul, on behalf of SPCLC. Primary partners include the Institute, Hubbs Center, Neighborhood House, and Saint Paul College.

The Academy includes 16-week, Tier 1 classes at the Institute, Hubbs Center, Neighborhood House, and 16-week Tier 2 classes taught on the Saint Paul College campus through adult education. Two full-time navigators  work with students in class and one-to-one: they introduce students to the college system and help them meeet the challenges of first-time enrollment and financial aid applications. The program is available to students who have (or are close to receiving) a GED or high school diploma. For referral information, download this flyer.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) is a philanthropic collaborative committed to strengthening the workforce in the seven-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region through 2020. They seek to dramatically increase the number of adults earning family-sustaining wages, especially people of color. More information on MSPWin is available at here.