The Indianapolis-based has announced grants totaling more than $2.5 million in support of state-led education programs aimed at helping adults in six states earn a college degree, certificate, or other quality credential beyond a high school diploma.
In partnership with (SHEEO), the foundation's program will provide multiyear grants to organizations in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Ohio. Over the next two years, the states expect to reach at least two million adult students and award tens of thousands of new post-high school credentials. The grant recipients include the foundation for , the official auxiliary to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; the ; the ; the ; a partnership between the and the ; and the .
The states join the initial cohort of Adult Promise states — Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Washington — announced by Lumina a year ago. To date, the foundation has invested nearly $6.5 million in the Adult Promise effort.
"Serving many more adults with no prior higher-ed experience will be critical to achieving the nation's goal of 60 percent of working-age Americans having a degree or other high-quality credential by 2025," said Lumina Foundation senior vice president and chief strategy officer Danette Howard. "We are excited more states are investing in efforts to help adults finish their education."
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