College Month 2016 | City of Ideas

Posted 10/07/2016 by James Burnett

If you guessed former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather - and don't worry if you guessed otherwise; I did too on my first try (and maybe a few subsequent tries!) - you are correct.

The thing about inspirational quotes is there are a million of them. And often they're so poetic and philosophical it's hard to tell if there's a real life application to them.

But as the Boston Foundation and our partners, allies, and friends celebrate College Month 2016, we can say with a certainty that Rather's quote was realistic, correct and demonstrable.

In case you're not familiar with it, College Month is a month-long celebration of college readiness that combines an early college awareness strategy for young students with an intentional effort to help every high school senior to develop a post-secondary plan. It is rooted in a growing movement to foster a citywide college-going culture in Boston to ensure Boston's young people are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and achieve a degree that will allow them to thrive in the workplace.

"College completion is at the core of The Boston Foundation's work to strengthen and grow educational opportunities for our region's most disadvantaged," said Paul S. Grogan President and CEO of the Foundation. "It is a major factor in providing economic mobility to all of Greater Boston's residents. And a decade after College Month's creation, we are proud to help lead its 2016 launch with the same partners behind our tried and proven Success Boston college completion initiative."

Throughout College Month, you'll find a series of interviews and images on our Twitter and Facebook pages showing just how we're "celebrating."

But while College Month is fun, it is no game. We're also working this month to let high school and college students in Boston know that there are resources to help them enroll, to help them choose and register for classes, to help them stabilize their lives and remain in college to see it through to the end. Our fount of those resources is the Success Boston: College Completion Initiative, a Boston Foundation-led alliance whose title is self-explanatory.

A number of studies we've commissioned, produced, or referenced in recent years show that college graduates - especially those in Greater Boston - have far greater long-term career options after completing school than do dropouts or young people who don't attend college at all. Graduates also earn double their non-college grad counterparts' salaries.

College may not be for you or your loved ones, but if you've chosen this path for you or yours, take a minute and visit SuccessBoston.org.

Better yet, check out this video of two Success Boston students who are studying at UMass Boston. They embody what we hope people get out of College Month.

@JamesBurnett

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