TCCC’s FAFSA Pilot Project surpasses target

The FAFSA Pilot Project, an initiative of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, has met and surpassed its target, resulting in a 20-percentage point jump in FAFSA completions at five local high schools over the past year.

Read more about our great news here: http://tricountycradletocareer.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017.07.10-Press-Release-for-FAFSA-Target.pdf

We’ve Moved

The Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative team has relocated to the third floor of the Trident United Way building.

Please update our address in your records:
6296 Rivers Avenue, Suite 308
North Charleston, S.C. 29406

Special thanks to Clemson’s Restoration Institute for hosting us over the past year!

TCCC announces new Convener for High School Graduation Network

The Boeing Company has agreed to serve as Convener for Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative’s High School Graduation Network, replacing the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, which stepped down from the post in May.

“We at Boeing are firm believers that all members of the community can and should be engaged in assuring high-quality education for all students and college and career readiness for our high school graduates,” Boeing South Carolina Senior Manager of Global Corporate Citizenship Jessica Jackson said. “We must ensure that students develop and learn the skills needed to work in a globally competitive environment. The High School Graduation Network is already working hard to achieve that vision, and we look forward to participating in this new capacity.”

Jackson will chair the Guiding Team and the High School Graduation Network when it convenes in September.

To read more about our new Convener, visit: http://tricountycradletocareer.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017.06.29-Press-Release-for-High-School-Graduation-Network-1.pdf 

Kindergarten Readiness Network Says ‘Yes’

Today the Kindergarten Readiness Network voted overwhelmingly to proceed into the due-diligence period with Family Connects, an evidence-based program that’s intended to serve all families with newborns in the region.

Through Family Connects, nurses visit newborns and their families at their homes in the first three months of life to connect them with community resources and health care providers.

Intensive planning for the program will take place over the next nine months during the due diligence period, and we have already received commitments from Trident United Way and The Duke Endowment to fund the work.

Welcome, new board members!

Our Board of Directors voted today to add two new board members!

Welcome to the team:

  • Scott Sharp, TD Bank
  • Laura Varn, Community Volunteer

Volvo Car Group executive joins Tri-County Cradle to Career board

We’ve added a new board member and two staff members!

Katarina Fjording has been elected to the TCCC Board of Directors. Fjording is the Vice President,
Purchasing and Manufacturing, Americas, for Volvo Car Group.

Alexa Stephens, who has been serving as TCCC’s Director of Data Management and Analysis, has
accepted a new position to oversee TCCC’s community engagement work as Director of Strategy and
Community Insight.

Sarah Piwinski has joined the staff as the Director of Data Management and Analysis, filling the vacancy
left by Stephens.

Ashley Heffernan has joined the staff as the Director of Communication and Administration, replacing
Amy Asper, who has decided to return to part-time employment.

Read more about our new additions here: http://tricountycradletocareer.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Press-Release-for-6.9.17.pdf

June 2016 Kindergarten Readiness Update

During the TCCC Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting on June 15, 2016, the following update on the Kindergarten Readiness Network was provided by Chris Kerrigan, President & CEO of the Trident United Way.  (TUW serves as Convening Partner for the KRN.)


Noteworthy Milestones for the Kindergarten Readiness Network
from December 2015 to May 2016

Community Outreach

Focus Groups

  • In order to validate the two tentative catalytic projects (1) expansion of the SC Vouchers program and (2) the development of a Resource Hub, Trident United Way contracted with a professional qualitative researcher to facilitate community engagement with community members the Kindergarten Readiness Network intends to serve.
  • TUW partnered with the First Steps Office of Charleston and Berkeley Counties, MAIA Moms, and Nurse Family Partnership to engage low-income mothers and child care directors to affirm or reject the tenants of the previously proposed catalytic projects.
  • We summarized the focus group findings into a report and presented them at the May Kindergarten Readiness Network Convening. The focus group takeaways included:
    • A desire from Child Care Director to receive professional development training and knowledge about staff retention best practices;
    • A desire to communicate more effectively with parents about child rearing practices;
    • A desire to receive more child development and local health related Kindergarten Readiness information in a digital and hard copy format;
    • Understanding the systemic issues preventing parents from remaining enrolled in the SC Voucher program;
    • Parents want to receive Kindergarten Readiness resources and guidance from trusted allies ; and
    • Parents want customized personalized outreach and they want a hard copy and a physical location to receive early education and child development resources.

KR Survey with Child Care Directors

  • In partnership with the First Steps Office of Charleston County, we conducted an online survey with nearly two dozen child care directors to supplement the focus group outreach and gain user information about the viability of our catalytic projects.
  • The survey also affirmed the need to have information about professional development for child care directors and access to digital Kindergarten Readiness resources.

Kindergarten Readiness Network

Kindergarten Readiness Network Convening

  • TUW hosted a Kindergarten Readiness Convening in May 2016. The network voted and confirmed the creation of a Kindergarten Readiness Resource Hub catalytic project. This will come in the form of a physical location and an online component. It will provide parents, families, community organizations, and practitioners with access to information that is related to Kindergarten Readiness. Over the next few months, the network will work to develop an implementation and assessment plan. The network has already started to collect information and translate them into user friendly documents that would assist community members with referral services. Additionally, the Prosperity Center has been designated as potential location to host the Resource Hub.

Guiding Team and Kindergarten Readiness Network

  • We have added two new active members to the Guiding Team: (1) Dr. Herman Knopf, Research Director at the Child Development Center at USC and (2) Professor Kelley White from the College of Charleston. The partnership with USC has been extremely beneficial. With a grant they received from DSS, they identify and map the existing childcare landscape in the Tricounty. Additionally, access to this set of granular data will help our systems level approach and increase the capacity of network partners.
  • The network has grown by 50 members since last December and network members feel more engaged and energized about the work than they felt in the fall based on survey implemented at the last Kindergarten Readiness Convening.

Advocacy

Post and Courier Op-Ed

  • John Read and Chris Kerrigan co-wrote a Kindergarten Readiness op-ed for the Post and Courier at the end of December.

June 2016 Adult Learners Project Team Update

The following update was presented to the TCCC Board of Directors during their annual Annual Meeting on June 15, 2016.


MISSION

Attract more adults to member institutions to obtain a 2- or 4-year degree, certificate or graduate degree in order to develop their life and workplace skills and to meet employer needs.

The adults transitioning from 2- to 4-year degrees and graduate degree enrollment are potential areas for future work.

Opportunities for collaboration among IHEs (e.g. cross-institution course credits) are also potential agenda items.

VISION

To increase degree completion and the acquisition of other credentials at member institutions by local residents, representative of the diversity of the region’s workforce and population, through expanded tuition support and course offerings that match employment opportunities

STRATEGIES

  • Identify the significant areas of personal barriers (academically or in other ways) and resources available to improve readiness. Identify gaps in resource availability and potentials ways to fill them.
    • Focus on overcoming common barriers and collaborating on common benefits to prospective students
    • Emphasis on Low Cost/No Cost methods
  • Identify where prospective students are located, how to reach them and what messaging is effective in increasing response. What collective marketing strategies might be effective at bringing prospective students to the ‘front door’ of member institutions?
  • Identify the most significant ‘external’ barriers for returning adults (transportation, finance, child care, etc.) and what might be done to both communicate where assistance is available and possibly to provide solutions collaboratively
  • Determine the extent of tuition support available and in use in the region, in support of employees returning to obtain their degree. Make recommendations for further action by the business community and public sector to expand availability, access and use.
  • Collaboratively, work with the business community (and public sector) to identify courses and programs that fill workforce gaps. Identify best practice and align career exploration tools with regional labor market opportunities.

HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS

  • Member IHE Total Enrollment (spring semester) and Total Degree Completion annually (2015 and 2016 academic years, with 2016 establishing the base line)
    • Ages 21-64
    • By gender and ethnicity
    • Unduplicated
  • Tuition Support
    • # of students enrolled receiving tuition support from their employer/total tuition support $ (2016 academic year)
    • # of employers offering tuition support/# employees covered/% utilization (2016)

Data submitted will be aggregated and shared with the group in that form. No individual IHE data will be shared with members of the group or anyone else without the expressed written consent of the IHE.

June 2016 Math Pathways Project Team Report

The following update was presented to the TCCC Board of Directors during their annual Annual Meeting on June 15, 2016.


Team Mission

Create and define Strategies and implement Actions that deliver a comprehensive set of Systems and Programs that achieve the Math Pathways Vision

 Our Vision

Ensuring mathematical proficiency by 2025, so that ALL Tri-County students are ready for their college and career aspirations

 Objectives

  • Drive mathematical proficiency improvements into the entire educational system, pre-K, K-8 and High School.
  • Put in place a set of initial strategies. As required, adjust them and/or add to them as implementation occurs.
  • Utilize and/or rework where applicable current programs in place. Identify and utilize additional leading edge math proficiency programs within Tri-county, South Carolina and across the nation to achieve the best return on investment
  • Motivate all educational stakeholders (e.g. teachers, math specialists, school board, etc.) to ensure they are “on board” and understand that their role is important.
  • Conduct on-going evaluations of program implementation. Measure implementation progress.  Recognize successes and identify revisions as required to achieve success.

 Initial Project Strategies

  • Develop and implement changes in teacher/educator training curriculum
    • Assures “all” future teachers have strong math basics
    • Provides professional development for veteran teachers
    • Communicates the “How and Why”
    • Alignment on what ‘Proficiency’ should mean
  • Create professional mathematical collaboration/conversation forums
    • Teacher to teacher, coach to teacher
    • PLCs
    • Elementary Math Specialists, full-time positions
    • Deepen the understanding of ‘Proficiency’ (Principles in Action)
  • Identify and implement math program improvements/changes.
    • Includes, but is not limited to, new math curriculum, remedial programs and tutorial programs
    • Leading edge programs within tri-county, state and national school systems
    • A set of time lined and prioritized set of changes
  • Define and create awareness of “Specific Math Pathways” from high school to college.
    • Defines sequencing and timing
    • Communicates the “How and Why”
    • Reduces the risk of skills degradation
    • Is clear and transparent to both students and parents
  • Address the shortage of qualified math teachers in the region
    • Apparent decline in students enrolling in Schools of Education
    • Incentives for more students becoming math teachers
    • Schools of Ed. curriculum