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Dakota Pawlicki

Dakota leads Lumina's community mobilization work, which focuses on leveraging cross-sector partnerships to make major gains in postsecondary attainment. Dakota's prior work in designing and operating collaborative efforts to solve social challenges guides his work at Lumina. Serving in a dual role as director of strategic partnerships and projects, and director...Read bio »

“I decided to keep going” – High school dropout to college freshman

Feb 11, 2019

Nyla Wills dropped out of high school as a sophomore about six years ago to help care for her ailing mother and work to support the family. In 2017, when it came time to continue her education, she did so through a Goodwill Excel Center.

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Moving forward: Education leaders making a difference

Jan 23, 2019

From Tennessee to the Pacific Northwest, leaders in the education field are working to make college accessible and affordable—not only for traditional students but for adults who want to go back to school to complete the degrees that in many cases they started years ago.

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Tone deaf advice – What happens when we don’t listen to students

Jan 22, 2019

In January 2018, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government issued an 87-page affordability guide for students that contained cost-cutting suggestions along the lines of “Fire your maid,” and “Do your own laundry instead of hiring a service.”

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Nothing grows without investment – Building fairness in education

Jan 20, 2019

Dr. Andre Perry, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, studies race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion, and he says it’s not talent that prevents black communities from thriving. It’s inequity.

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Nashville: Helping adults who need a marketable credential for today’s economy

Jan 17, 2019

Nashville, one of two dozen communities that have earned national recognition for their efforts to increase post-high school education and training, is seeing success with neighborhood “ambassadors.”

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Communities: New Talent Hubs are leading the way

July 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, seven new communities were designated as Talent Hubs — earned by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain and cultivate talent — and already they are leading by example. All Talent Hubs must demonstrate prior success in working collaboratively to improve credential completion and attainment.

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‘Opportunity for all’ should be a reality – not just a bumper sticker

April 26, 2018

This week’s meeting of more than 200 business and education leaders from nearly 70 communities across the country was a great chance to hear what’s working as we work to grow the numbers of people with an education beyond high school.

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