CCsmart Receives $50,000 Grant from The Kresge Foundation
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support community college advocacy through PTK’s new campaign, Community College Smart (CCsmart).
CCsmart is an advocacy campaign designed to combat community college stigma. Powered by student-led advocacy, the campaign provides reliable, evidence-based information on community colleges and higher education pathways and trains CCsmart colleges to help redefine community college as a smart path to higher education.
Founded in 1924 to promote human progress, The Kresge Foundation invests more than $160 million annually to foster change by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice.
Through their Education Program, Kresge promotes equity by increasing college access and success, which has made a lasting impact on increasing institutional capacity for student success, a direct alignment with CCsmart’s mission to building America’s talent pipeline and increasing access to college degrees, certifications, and workforce skills that are necessary to keep our country at the leading edge of innovation and progress.
“We are excited to partner with The Kresge Foundation to promote the quality and value of community colleges,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, PTK and CCsmart’s President and CEO. “This grant will allow PTK to scale CCsmart through strategic alliances with other organizations working to increase access to higher education for all students.”
CCsmart is a subsidiary and sub-brand of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society with more than 3.8 million members in nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. CCsmart is an information resource designed to guide students and parents in making informed decisions regarding the college path and highlighting the resources and opportunities available through local community colleges. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, the mission of PTK and CCsmart is to recognize academic achievement of college students and provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
About the Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. For more information visit kresge.org.