THE JOHN M. BELK ENDOWMENT & GRANTEES
GRANTS PARTNERS AWARDED $22.6 MILLION IN 2014-2015
$50,000 (1 Year)
In North Carolina, Achieving the Dream will partner with ten community college presidents to participate in national leadership symposia, a network that provides ways for community colleges to strengthen and build their capacity, ensure more students complete their education, and create opportunities for graduates’ economic success.
$150,000 (1 Year)
Project Finish Line is helping adults with “some college” come back to college and complete their workforce credential or degree. The goal is twofold: to improve students’ opportunities and to meet the increasing demand for a trained, credentialed workforce in rural Brunswick County.
$2,300,000 (2 Years)
With the goal of helping students in developmental (remedial) classes, who historically have had very low rates of persistence and completion, this grant implements accelerated developmental curricula on all six CPCC campuses—modifying placement policies, increasing remedial course completion, thus addressing affordability, and propelling more students into credit-bearing courses and toward completion.
$10,000,000 (4 Years)
College Advising Corps (CAC) increases the number of rural, low-income, first-generation college, and minority students who access and complete higher education in North Carolina. In partnership with Davidson, Duke, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CAC has employed recent college graduates as full-time advisors in 65 public high schools, who will provide guidance and resources to nearly 20,000 students.
$175,000 (1 Year)
Davidson County Community College is creating new branding and marketing approaches to reach, attract, and retain students. This campaign focuses on recruiting students to high-demand career areas and spotlighting the benefits of advancement, completion, and student success.
$125,250 (1 Year)
Degrees Matter! is a community partnership whose mission is to increase the number of adults with college degrees in Greater Greensboro/High Point by engaging, connecting, and supporting the 67,000+ residents who have been to college but not finished a degree.
$100,000 (1 Year)
Foundation for the Carolinas has commissioned an upward-mobility task force that will study and map postsecondary pathways in Mecklenburg County, identify systemic opportunities and barriers, and create a set of recommendations to help move more students to and through postsecondary opportunities that lead to livable-wage jobs in the area.
$255,252 (1 Year)
Inspired by Harvard’s Equality of Opportunity Project, the John M. Belk Endowment commissioned MDC to study the barriers to economic mobility in North Carolina. The 2016 report, North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity, examines the link between education and family-supporting wage jobs across North Carolina, identifies systemic issues, and helps communities create opportunity for their residents.
$400,000 (3 Years)
The North Carolina Student Success Center is connecting community college presidents, executive cabinets, faculty, and staff across the state with the resources and professional development they need to implement new models for student success and foster completion.
$525,000 (1 Year)
North Carolina State University is partnering with the Aspen Institute to educate, develop, and strengthen the next generation of community college presidents, as well as the executive cabinet pipeline—a timely and important project that addresses an anticipated leadership shortage due to the likely retirement of many current community college administrators over the next five years.
$200,000 (1 Year)
A collaborative partnership between the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Department of Public Instruction, and Community College System Office, NCWorks is focused on connecting talent to employment. This grant supports the development of the NCWorks “Career Pathways” strategy, which attracts young people and adults into education and training programs for high-demand jobs needed by North Carolina industry.
$7,750,000 (4 Years)
Single Stop creates financial stability solutions for low-income residents seeking to complete postsecondary education. This grant brings Single Stop to North Carolina for the first time, where their innovative technology and crucial human supports will be available to more than 40,000 students in up to ten community colleges that will include rural and veterans pilot sites and up to three Historically Black Colleges and Universities within the state.
$550,000 (1 Year)
The Aspen Institute created the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence to recognize—and to challenge—community colleges by identifying those who are helping to reinvent the delivery of higher education. In North Carolina, the Aspen Institute will apply the same research and analysis process called “Roadmap to Excellence” to help eight community college partners improve their institutions and strategies for student success.