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2017-2018 CAREER READY INTERNSHIP
GRANT — TWO-YEAR COLLEGES

Since 2013, we have helped four-year colleges develop paid internship programs and we've seen firsthand the benefits for students with financial need. The positive impact at four-year colleges prompted us to investigate how two-year colleges can successfully establish and administer paid internship programs to give their low-income students real-world experience in their area of study. So in January 2017, we awarded $2.1 million in Career Ready Internship grants to 16 community colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Our 16 partner colleges provided paid internships for 700 students from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018. The colleges report that these students earned over $1 million in wages and 90% of them either graduated or re-enrolled the next term.

RECIPIENTS

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, WI

$107,476

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Columbus, OH

$174,515

HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eden Prairie, MN

$178,500

INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Ottumwa, IA

$103,248

INVER HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Inver Grove Heights, MN

$159,605

LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cleveland, WI

$68,945

LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Elyria, OH

$127,020

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, WI

$173,005

MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Minneapolis, MN

$175,862

NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Hot Springs, AR

$174,816

NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE

Harrison, AR

$96,007

NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE

Mansfield, OH

$137,905

NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

Wahpeton, ND

$154,067

OWENS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Perrysburg, OH

$49,500

VERMILION COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Ely, MN

$82,209

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, WI

$139,968

2015-2018 CAREER READY INTERNSHIP GRANT — FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

In October 2015, we made our largest Career Ready Internship grant to date: a record $12.2 million awarded to 33 four-year colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. During the three-year grant period, they created paid internships for students with demonstrated financial need.

Through this grant, partner colleges gave low-income juniors and seniors the chance to work in their field of study—and enter the job market after graduation on equal footing with their wealthier peers. Overall, 5,700 students participated in paid internships. Colleges reported that these students earned $9.2 million in wages and 97% of them either graduated or re-enrolled.

In addition to the funds provided by Great Lakes, four-year colleges contributed incremental matching funds totaling $1 million for program administration and student wages and transportation. By sharing the cost, colleges were better positioned to sustain the program beyond 2018. We’re pleased to note that many of our partner colleges have elevated internships and experiential learning among their top institutional priorities and more than half will continue offering paid internship opportunities.

We also partnered with MDRC, a leading social and education policy research organization, to conduct a multifaceted evaluation of the data collected by our partner colleges. The study will cover a number of topics, including student retention and persistence, college-employer relationships, program implementation and scalability, and sustainability. MDRC will publish its findings and recommendations in early 2019..

RECIPIENTS

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY

Ashland, OH

$444,015

198 Internships

AUGSBURG COLLEGE

Minneapolis, MN

$447,986

223 Internships

CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY

Milwaukee, WI

$366,391

166 Internships

CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Kenosha, WI

$349,146

198 Internships

DEFIANCE COLLEGE

Defiance, OH

$221,529

220 Internships

DENISON UNIVERSITY

Granville, OH

$300,770

220 Internships

HAMLINE UNIVERSITY

St. Paul, MN

$330,048

169 Internships

HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY

Tiffin, OH

$261,756

170 Internships

HIRAM COLLEGE

Hiram, OH

$405,700

195 Internships

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Cleveland, OH

$349,203

190 Internships

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent, OH

$444,015

270 Internships

LAKELAND COLLEGE

Plymouth, WI

$446,706

249 Internships

LORAS COLLEGE

Dubuque, IA

$410,540

184 Internships

MARIETTA COLLEGE

Marietta, OH

$321,687

151 Internships

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

Milwaukee, WI

$353,997

177 Internships

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

St. Paul, MN

$444,429

335 Internships

OHIO UNIVERSITY

Athens, OH

$448,478

195 Internships

SILVER LAKE COLLEGE

Manitowoc, WI

$401,767

192 Internships

SIMPSON COLLEGE

Indianola, IA

$205,200

150 Internships

ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY

St. Paul, MN

$397,793

211 Internships

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY

Tiffin, OH

$304,950

205 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY

Findlay, OH

$356,312

176 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-TWIN CITIES

St. Paul, MN

$374,000

170 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-MORRIS

Morris, MN

$360,830

191 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN-ST. PAUL

St. Paul, MN

$412,238

288 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE

Eau Claire, WI

$326,028

225 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY

Green Bay, WI

$441,324

246 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

Madison, WI

$360,501

205 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH

Oshkosh, WI

$448,500

219 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

Stevens Point, WI

$381,225

240 Internships

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR

Superior, WI

$317,454

240 Internships

VITERBO UNIVERSITY

La Crosse, WI

$441,758

315 Internships

WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY

Oskaloosa, IA

$298,431

203 Internships

Questions

Contact Supervisor, Grant Programs Nikki Wachter at nwachter@ascendiumeducation.org.