Collegiate EduNation – Rural HOPE Project

A Texas-based network that facilitates the transformation of rural student outcomes and rural workforce development by partnering with local school, community, and business leaders.

Accelerate Winner October 07, 2021
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Collegiate Edu-Nation is a Texas-based network that facilitates the transformation of rural student outcomes and rural workforce development by partnering with local school, community, and business leaders to establish and support regionally relevant education systems. Their Rural HOPE project supports students from their first day of preschool to the start of a meaningful career.

Boasting goals of 100% high school graduation rate and 80% bachelor’s degree attainment for Collegiate Edu-Nation participants, this ambitious program aims to break the cycle of rural decline and embed a mindset of “Rural Hope” into the Texas communities it serves. Collegiate Edu-Nation connects school districts with training and resources in several critical areas, including capacity building, intentional service supports, statewide networking, and professional development.

“I grew up in Roscoe and have seen firsthand the rural decline; it’s a state and national trend. The best and brightest leave for opportunities never to return and you end up with rural brain drain and loss of social capital and growth in generational poverty… We did the research and realized we could do better.” – Dr. Kim Alexander, former school superintendent and Collegiate Edu-Nation CEO

Visit edu-nation.org for more information about Collegiate EduNation.

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