City Connects partners with Sinclair Community College

We’re pleased to announce that City Connects has partnered with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, to adapt our model of student support to the community college setting.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Sinclair and our long-time partners, the Mathile Family Foundation, to create a seamless K-14 system of student support,” said Mary E. Walsh, Ph.D., Executive Director of City Connects and the Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Innovative Leadership at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. “This initiative represents two institutions of higher education coming together to support students in completing their college degree.”

For more information, head over to the News section of our website to read the release and coverage from the local Dayton Daily News.

City Connects Year in Review: Ohio

With the support of the Mathile Family Foundation, City Connects has been working with two Catholic schools in Dayton, Ohio: Our Lady of the Rosary (K-8) and Chaminade Julienne (9-12). Some highlights of the past year include:

  • Across both schools, in academic year 2011-2012, City Connects partnered with 75 community agencies. Between school- and community-based services, School Site Coordinators arranged for more than 2,300 services and enrichment opportunities for students!
  • City Connects is in its third year of a collaboration with Chaminade Julienne to adapt and pilot the City Connects model of student support at the high school level. This adaptation remains true to the City Connects core components while promoting a cutting-edge approach for college readiness and success; initial results are encouraging.
  • Satisfaction survey results show that 88% of teachers (K-12) report that they are satisfied with City Connects and 92% would recommend City Connects to a colleague.
  •  2012 brought some exciting new findings at the elementary level in the area of social competency. Female students perceive a higher level of competency on reading and less victimization this year as compared to last year.  Students in upper grades indicated a trend of less bullying than in past years.

Looking forward to 2013:

  • City Connects has been invited to expand to a K-12 Catholic school campus in Springfield, Ohio, and will be starting a planning phase beginning in January 2013.
  • Another exciting pilot effort: City Connects will be collaborating with a community college in Dayton to adapt the City Connects model of optimized student support at the community college level.

For more information:

  • See our Year in Review post for Boston here.
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