Partners for Postsecondary Success

Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS) is an initiative building community partnerships with the goal of doubling the number of young adults with postsecondary credentials leading to living wage employment.

The PPS initiative was created with the guidance of MDC, a non-profit organization based in  North Carolina that helps communities across the nation close the gaps in education and guidance separating young people from opportunity.

PPS was launched in 2011 with a $100,000 one-year planning grant and a $1.5 million implementation grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as $240,000 in funding from local individuals, businesses and foundation.

United Way of Southern Cameron County provides administrative and leadership support to the initiative. Visit our Partners section to see who else is All In.

OUR GOAL:
Double the number of  young adults in Brownsville who earn postsecondary credentials with labor market value by 2025.

Our Framework

There’s a science behind student success, and at All In we follow a proven system that dramatically improves college readiness and college completion. Our framework is an adaptation from the Gates Foundation’s System for Student Success Model. Its multiphase implementation includes the gathering of student data; student engagement activities; collaborative work with faculty, administration and trustees; and an emphasis on community partnerships and career pathways to employment opportunities.

  • 1
    Preparation
    Ready and motivated for postsecondary success.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Ready and Motivated for Postsecondary Success
    • High school and post-secondary curriculum alignment, including dual enrollment and access to AP/IB programs
    • Career, college, and financial aid counseling, including FAFSA orientation and assistance
    • SAT prep
    • Coaching toward high academic expectations
    • Job shadowing/internship opportunities
  • 2
    Connection
    Interest to application.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Interest to Application
    • Consistent college and career ready standards
    • Foster college-going norms supported by peers and trusted adults
    • Increase understanding of college requirements, application and financial aid processes; improve information, matching and financial aid products
    • Dual enrollment and Early College High Schools (on-ground, online options), AP credit
    • Take college placement exam in high school
    • Enrollment directly from high school
  • 3
    Entry
    Enrollment to completion of gatekeeper courses.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Enrollment to Completion of Gatekeeper Courses
    • Diagnostic assessment and placement tools
    • Mandatory "intrusive" advising, attendance, life skills courses, declared courses of study linked to career pathways
    • Improved academic catch-up (prevention, acceleration, supplemental instruction, concurrent enrollment, contextualization, and competency-based digital prep)
    • Aggressive financial aid application support
    • Course redesign to go further, faster, cheaper
  • 4
    Progress
    Entry into course of study to 75% requirements completed.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Entry into Course of Study to 75% Requirements Completed
    • Innovative programs to incent optimal (e.g., high intensity, continuous) attendance
    • Leverage technology to make real-time feedback, intensive advising, accelerated, flexible, and student-centered learning more available
    • Intentional, accelerated, competency-based programs of study leading to credentials in high-demand fields like STEM and health care
    • Provide emergency aid to deal with unexpected life events

  • 5
    Completion
    Complete course of study to credential with labor market value.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Complete Course of Study to Credential with Labor Market Value
    • Mandatory "intrusive" advising
    • Transfer with credentials incentives
    • Remove barriers to graduation (e.g., fees, forms)
    • Learn and Earn programs that combine credential attainment and work experience in field of study toward career pathway
  • 6
    Employment
    Obtaining a living wage job with basic benefits and opportunities for advancement.
    Student progression
    Momentum strategies
    Obtaining A Living Wage Job With Basic Benefits and Opportunities for Advancement
    • Enrollment in One-Stop system
    • Paid internships and local hiring incentives
    • Supervisory training
    • Career and financial coaching toward job retention and advancement
    • "Soft skills" training for resume preparation, job search, and interviewing
    • Industry partnerships with post secondary to create employment pathways