More than half of Florida’s college students are low-income. They enroll in college at rates 10.9% lower than their non-low-income peers and for those that do enroll, the likelihood of earning a degree is greatly reduced. After all, housing insecurity and food scarcity can make it hard for a student to focus on classwork.

To address the challenges facing low-income students, Amarillo College in Texas created its No Excuses Poverty Initiative in 2012. This initiative took a systemic approach to overcoming poverty barriers by connecting programs and projects that are boosting course completion and increasing retention rates for their most vulnerable students. Please join Kathy McDonald, FCAN’s assistant director for network partnerships, and Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President of Amarillo College, for an inspirational conversation around the innovative ways Amarillo College is redesigning higher education through a poverty lens.

In this session you will learn:

• How poverty is impacting students’ ability to succeed
• The framework Amarillo College built to drive system-wide change that seeks to eradicate poverty-related barriers
• How the college was able to gain buy-in across campus that is improving student outcomes

While academic supports are vitally important, poverty has become the greatest barrier to student success facing higher education. Through poverty training and intentionally connecting on-campus and off-campus community partnerships, higher education can do more than mitigate poverty, it can intentionally and systemically eradicate it. Register now to learn how Amarillo’s work has earned them the prestigious Bellwether Award for their commitment to addressing poverty.

Event Details:

Webinar: No Excuses Poverty Initiative: Building Systemic Support for Low-Income Students
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Registration Link:

Be sure to visit our Past Webinars page for access to recordings and downloadable material from FCAN’s previous presentations.

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