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10,000 Degrees Awarded $1M for Community College Initiative

San Rafael, CA, July 10, 2017– The San Francisco North Bay’s leading college success nonprofit, 10,000 Degrees® has partnered with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to dramatically increase baccalaureate attainment for students who initially enroll at community colleges in California and across the nation.

“This opportunity is a potential game-changer for hundreds of thousands of community college students throughout the country,” says Kim Mazzuca, 10,000 Degrees President & CEO. “Through our innovative Fellowship Program, community college students from low-income backgrounds will receive deep content expertise and near-peer mentoring from first-generation college graduates from their respective communities who will, in turn, gain valuable career and leadership experience themselves.”

The four-year grant of $1,090,745 from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation supports the 10,000 Degrees® Community College Success Initiative, which aims to more than double the six-year baccalaureate attainment rate of students who start at community college while simultaneously building capacity for program replication, conceptual scale, and sharing of best practices. The investment will also partially fund the addition of six 10,000 Degrees Fellows to work directly with community college students within a 100:1 staff-to-student ratio.

“Our desire to help community college students ultimately graduate with bachelor’s degrees aligns well with 10,000 Degrees mission,” says Todd Penner, Portfolio Director, College Success for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “We are excited to support this project to increase the effectiveness of 10,000 Degrees community college success model.”

10,000 Degrees combines personal support, academic counseling, scholarships, and financial aid management to help students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Headquartered in San Rafael, California, 10,000 Degrees works with students in 19 area high schools, 10 community colleges, and over 50 four-year colleges and universities in California and across the nation.

For media questions, contact Rich Rhodes at 415.459.4240 / 415.459.0527 (fax) or rrhodes@10000degrees.org.