Kresge Foundation, NWTC join to BOOST students out of poverty

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People with low incomes will have more access to critical human services programs and educational pathways to help them advance socially and economically, thanks to a $495,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation. 

NWTC’s program was one of six nationwide selected to participate in Kresge’s Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families (BOOST) initiative.

The idea is to connect students with critical human services supports to help them successfully juggle work, family and school with the ultimate goal of helping them to graduate and find good jobs.

“By bringing human services nonprofits that aspire to use strong two-generation, whole-family approaches together with community colleges, we can eliminate the barriers that limit access to higher education and create career pathways that move families up the social and economic ladder,” Raquel Hatter, Kresge human services program managing director, said.

With this support, NWTC will continue to knock down barriers and give students access to resources to help them succeed. 

“Making sure our students master their courses, stay in college and earn a credential is at the heart of everything we do at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College,” NWTC President Jeff Rafn said.