Lumina Foundation grant goal: Raise Springfield graduation rates

Springfield was recently selected by Lumina Foundation as one of 20 cities to receive a two-year, $120,000 planning grant to help more Springfield students graduate high school and complete higher education goals.

The grant –  which was the subject of a front-page story in today’s Springfield News-Leader – will target junior and seniors at Springfield Public Schools, current students at OTC, Drury and Missouri State, and Springfield adults who have college credits but did not complete a degree. The grant will also support partnerships between local employers and educational institutions to enhance existing programs that develop the skills needed for current and future employees.

The CFO is the fiscal agent and convener. The steering committee, headed by Francine Pratt, includes the City of Springfield, the school district and higher education partners, the Missouri Career Center, Missouri College Advising Corps, the P20 Council, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and local employers.

You can read the News-Leader’s whole story, which includes initial strategies to be funded by the grant, here.

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