Portland Community College has been awarded a $445,000 grant for its Oregon Metro Connects All Students to College Consortium. The new funds will allow this partnership to expand the dual credit offerings in local school districts and add services that prepare students for college.

The consortium, led by PCC, consists of Mount Hood Community College, Portland State University (PSU), the Multnomah Education Service District and Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland and Reynolds school districts.

“Ensuring the college success and career readiness of Oregon students is all of our responsibility,” said Birgitte Ryslinge, interim PCC-Sylvania campus president and co-director of the project with the consortium.

“We are very excited to be undertaking this work with our Washington and Multnomah counties’ K through 12 school district partners, along with Mt. Hood, PSU and the Multnomah ESD. This is the type of large-scale collaboration necessary to truly move the dial for our youth and our state.”

With the new money, Oregon Metro Connects All Students to College Consortium’s goals for the 2014-15 school year include certifying an additional 65 teachers to teach dual credit math and college success courses; have nearly 80 district, college, university and MESD employees participate in professional learning communities; enable 2,200 high school students to earn dual credit in math and college success offerings; add approximately 6,400 dual credits for high school students in math and college success courses; and engage more students and their families in services and activities.

The grant is one of three awarded by the Oregon Education Investment Board and Department of Education to statewide education consortiums.

They are designed to replicate effective accelerated learning models, leverage system-wide collaboration, and foster a college-going culture in communities around the state.

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