Hartford city leaders, educators and businesses are forming “All In!,” or a coalition aimed at getting more Hartford students through college and into the workforce.
The coalition set three goals to complete by 2025:
- Increase the high school graduation rate from 71.5 percent to 95 percent.
- Increase post-secondary enrollment rate from 50 percent to 70 percent.
- Increase the post-secondary completion rate from 23 percent to 50 percent.
They are not creating any new programs. They will instead be sharing information and connecting high school students with colleges and college students with businesses.
“It’s so important because our students are the future workforce of Hartford, the region, the state, the country,” Deidre Tavera, the chief of communications and partnership for Hartford Public Schools, said.
Members of the coalition include:
- Office of the Mayor of Hartford
- Hartford Public Schools
- Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
- MetroHartford Alliance
- Hartford Promise
- Capital Workforce Partners
- Connecticut Business & Industry Association
- Lincoln Financial Foundation
- Achieve Hartford!
“There’s a whole lot of programs, but you don’t necessarily see the results you want to see citywide. We’re going to try to change that,” Paul Holzer, the executive director of Achieve Hartford, said.
On Friday, Oct. 28, there will be an event for Hartford students and parents at Burr Elementary School on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
There will be sessions teaching parents and students how to save for college. College admissions officers will also be there for high school students to speak with.