By 2029, we will ensure that students from low-income communities and students of color are equipped to complete the higher education of their choice and pursue a life and career that fulfills them.
In the Bay Area, a place with significant opportunity, all students who want a college education should have the support they need to achieve their educational goals and unlock an array of career opportunities. However, every year, thousands of highly capable students in San Francisco and Alameda Counties graduate from high school but do not have the opportunity to go on to earn a certificate or college degree, making it more challenging to earn enough money to live in the Bay Area. Many more will attend a local community college or public university but will not graduate – a phenomenon disproportionately affecting students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who come from low-income households, and students of color. Meanwhile, the need for higher education and technical training for jobs has increased dramatically and will continue to grow.
We believe in an inclusive Bay Area where all students can access the region’s vast economic opportunities. By 2029, we will ensure that our region’s most consistently underresourced students enroll, persist through, and graduate with the skills they need to pursue their career goals at the same rates as any of their peers.