Jackson Community Foundation CEO at White House Education Event

Thursday, December 4, 2014


[Washington, D.C. – December 6, 2014] Monica Moser of the Jackson Community Foundation and Patty Kaufman of Baker College of Jackson joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helped to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.  

“The Jackson Community Foundation and Baker College of Jackson are proud to represent Jackson County’s Cradle 2 Career (C2C) Network at College Opportunity Day”, said Monica Moser, president/CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation.  “Jackson County is a community that is deeply committed to education.  Through the C2C Network, we are connecting quality, lifelong education to successful employment by ensuring all students are prepared for post-secondary education. This community-wide effort to addressing the social, financial and academic barriers to student success has been successful because of our ability to create coordinated, purposeful connections between schools, businesses, community resources and students."

Patty Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president, said, "I'm pleased to have been chosen as the partner to help represent the Cradle 2 Career network at the White House. This is a program that we have been extremely involved in and strongly support."

Today’s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

As a K-16 partnership, the Jackson’s C2C Network has developed the following goals, which the Network aims to achieve by November 30, 2015.

  • Increase the percentage of students applying to a college or vocational training program by 5%, from 79% to 84%, with 100% participation among the county’s 13 local school districts.
  • Increase FAFSA completion by 5%, from 62.13% to 67.13% 
  • Increase college enrollment across all districts by 5%, from 69% to 74%

The President will announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.  Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

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