Press Releases

Washington, DC – The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (“NCCEP”) announced that it is the new home for Career & College Clubs, a national program for helping students prepare for success in high school, college, and life.

“We are excited to bring Career & College Clubs into the NCCEP family,” said Ranjit Sidhu, NCCEP President and CEO. “Career & College Clubs is a well-respected, evidence-based solution for increasing college readiness and success that aligns perfectly to our mission. I’m looking forward to working with the program’s existing school and community partners, as well as introducing Career & College Clubs to our stakeholders.”

Career & College Clubs is a peer-to-peer intervention that provides students with the knowledge, tools, support, and confidence they need to plan for and assume responsibility for their futures. The program is targeted to schools and communities with large percentages of students living in poverty; historically, 76% of the students at Career & College Clubs school sites, on average, are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals. Through the 2015-2016 academic year, the program had been adopted by more than 300 schools, reaching 50,000+ students.

Washington, DC – The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) has announced the 29 members selected for the third inaugural class of the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA). GUALA is highly selective program that provides 12 months of training and mentoring for GEAR UP Alumni Leaders around the four pillars of the GUALA mission to advance the college and career readiness of students in their communities: peer outreach, social media activism, public speaking, and issue advocacy.

Yearlong training will occur through a number of online platforms which focus on local efforts that Alumni Leaders will spearhead during their year of service. In addition, Alumni Leaders will attend an intensive leadership development training week in Washington, DC from June 13-20, where they will interact with national policymakers and leaders.

As you may know, the Board of Directors has been working diligently to lead a national search for the next President and CEO for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP). We heard from our constituents, external thought leaders, and the NCCEP staff about the specific types of skills, experiences, and leadership characteristics required to lead the organization through the next stage of its development.

As you can imagine, leading NCCEP is no simple task. We agreed that we needed a leader that was well respected in the education field, fluent in public policy and advocacy, adept in fundraising, and possessed a proven track record of successfully leading organizations and staff towards productive outcomes. Most importantly, as a Board we also felt strongly that we needed a leader that not only deeply understood GEAR UP, but had the ability to galvanize and strengthen our community as well.

With that background, it is my pleasure to announce that we have asked Ranjit Sidhu to serve in the President and CEO role on a permanent basis and that he has enthusiastically accepted.

Low-income students represent more than 40 percent of students under age 18 in the United States. Every year, millions of these students fall behind their more privileged peers and either drop out of college or don’t go to college at all.

To learn how to empower more of these students to become prepared for post-high school success, ACT has partnered with 14 states and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) to form the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (CCREC), an ambitious, multi-year project to examine the effectiveness of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). GEAR UP, which serves around 650,000 students annually, is a federally funded program aimed at increasing low-income students’ college readiness. The partnership will collect and analyze GEAR UP intervention and outcomes data.

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) announced a new two-year grant from The Kresge Foundation for $410,000 to engage students from low-income schools in education policy through the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA).

As part of her Reach Higher campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama has issued two “challenges” to expand opportunities for students to pursue a postsecondary education. Finalists have an opportunity to invite the First Lady to appear as a graduation speaker at their school or institution. NCCEP is hosting a conference call with Department of Education/Reach Higher officials on November 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EST) to provide an overview of the competitions and to discuss how GEAR UP can get involved. Read the press release for more details and for dial-in information.

In a ceremony before 1,500 college access professionals, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) received the 2014 Champions of Student Success award from the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) on July 22, 2014.

“NCCEP congratulates the FY 2014 GEAR UP grantees on their success in bringing these competitive federal resources to communities across the nation,” said Nathan Monell, President and CEO of NCCEP. “Their tireless efforts to design comprehensive, research-based programs will directly benefit nearly 116,000 students from low-income schools. Many of these students will be the first in their families to enter postsecondary education.”

At the Annual Conference in July, NCCEP welcomed the GEAR UP Advisory Commission Class of 2017.

The President & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Nathan Monell announced today that the organization has named Alex Chough Vice President for Government Relations.

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) has announced the 28 members selected for the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA), Class of 2015. GUALA is a 12-month program designed to train and mentor GEAR UP alumni in advocacy and leadership. Alumni Leaders work toward creating positive change in education policy for their younger peers.

As the non-profit organization that provides training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to the GEAR UP program, NCCEP wishes to respond to the House Budget Committee Report, The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later.

College access professionals from the GEAR UP community welcomed the news that First Lady Michelle Obama will focus on encouraging more low-income students to obtain a college degree.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the newest partner to join the work of the GEAR UP College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (Consortium).  The Consortium is a collaboration of fifteen state grantees conducting longitudinal research and evaluation on the effectiveness of the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

NCCEP has named John Donaldson to the position of National Director – Training and Technical Assistance. In this role, he will serve as the principal architect of NCCEP’s training and technical assistance program, including NCCEP’s conferences, webinars and online resources.

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