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California Community College Wins Million-Dollar Challenge


Thursday, August 18, 2022   

Madera Community College outside Fresno is making big plans after being named winner of the Million Dollar Community College Challenge Wednesday.

Lumina Foundation sponsored the challenge for the first time this spring, to help colleges reach more potential adult students.

Angel Reyna, president of Madera Community College, said the funds will help the school attract more adult students who need to boost their skills and their job prospects.

"We will use the funds to redesign our website, to have activities on our campus to engage adult learners," Reyna outlined. "We're also looking at murals on our campus to create that sense of belonging."

Madera Community College serves about 8,000 students a year, and is still growing, despite the pandemic.

Mary Laphen Pope, strategy officer for participation at the Lumina Foundation, said the funds will help shape people's perceptions about community college and help the schools create a more student-centered experience.

"Now more than ever, community colleges need a new way to connect with the millions of Americans who need a short-term degree or credential," Laphen Pope emphasized. "We challenged colleges to tell us how they would transform their brand building and their marketing efforts to be more inclusive of today's students."

Nine other colleges nationwide were named as finalists, including Long Beach City College. They will receive a $100,000 grant, plus technical assistance to make the most of the opportunity.

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