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Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count (ATD) is a national nonprofit organization that helps more community college students find success in school, particularly students of color and low-income students. ATD was conceived as a national initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation for Education and seven founding partner organizations:

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin
  • Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Jobs for the Future
  • MDS
  • Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC)
  • Public Agenda

ATD uses ground-level and system-level strategies to accomplish big-picture outcomes, such as institutional change, policy change, public engagement and knowledge development. Together with its Network of over 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia, it is helping more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

As part of this large national organization, Hawai'i has benefitted from the breadth of knowledge and expertise available to participants of Achieving the Dream. We have at our fingertips national data and research; best and promising practices, consultants and advisors; and many more resources to help us reach our goals of helping more students achieve success.

Event: February 23-26, 2016 DREAM Institute, Atlanta Georgia