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Project Hope Alliance has become the newest partner in the ed2go/Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action agreement. The agreement includes a scholarship-matching program, which will provide a total of 50 Career Online High School (COHS) scholarships to homeless parents in Orange County, California.
“Thirty percent of the parents we serve do not have more than a ninth grade education,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “COHS is a tool to empower the parents to invest in and support their children’s education.”
Established in 1989, Project Hope Alliance is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness. Project Hope works to eliminate barriers to academic performance and cognitive development created by the circumstances of childhood homelessness. By providing opportunities for the parents themselves to increase their level of educational attainment, the organization helps undereducated parents increase household earning as well as their ability to share in the educational development of their children without a sense of shame or incompetence.
In 2013, ed2go/SHCOE created a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to launch a first-of-its-kind scholarship-matching program targeting the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. By joining this effort, Project Hope will make COHS available to parents in the homeless families it serves.
“I am very impressed with the COHS system. It is unique because it was created to address the challenges faced by high school dropouts and set them up for success. A lot of these parents work more than one job, so it’s also important to offer a program they can be accessed at all hours.” Friend said. “There are 28,000 homeless children in Orange County and this new partnership helps us in our mission to end the cycle of homelessness one child at a time.”
With the crisis of disconnected youth affecting 1 in 7 young people in America, our leading thinkers, innovators and organizations must work together to create a collective impact. In an effort to further this important discussion, Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Corporate College President Eugene Giovannini, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education Superintendent of Schools Howard Liebman today joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The event brought together the nation’s education, business and nonprofit leaders to collaborate and share best practices for increasing college opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
The Summit focused on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships. Invited participants were required to pledge new commitments that encourage college going, dramatically improve persistence and increase education completion.
As part of the Summit, the Obama Administration announced an expansion of the Greater Phoenix Collective Impact Network—a partnership between Cengage Learning/ed2go, Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the Maricopa County Community College System, Maricopa County Educational Service Agency-MCESA and the Phoenix Public Library. The partnership was created to identify comprehensive solutions in response to the crisis of disconnected youth in Phoenix – where more than 250,000 students are impacted.
The Greater Phoenix Collective Impact was designed to increase high school graduates’ college and career readiness by providing 18-to-24-year-old students with an entry-level workforce certificate and accredited high school diploma through Career Online High School. This innovative partnership will serve as a model to advance the goals of the College Opportunity Day, and ensures dialogue and best practice among a broad constituency. Goals of the expanded alliance include:
“Education is a transformational driver, and student-focused, engaging learning solutions are key to empowering our youth to be successful in the classroom and the workforce,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. “Working with our partners, we are committed to making education more accessible, and we are honored for the opportunity to join President and Mrs. Obama today in advancing this initiative.”
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