The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.5 million in support of efforts to build pathways to a degree and other academic credentials for adults, with a focus on people of color and Native Americans.
Awarded through the All Learning Counts initiative, the grants will assist nine organizations working to ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside formal higher education — through work, military, and other experiences — can be applied toward programs that lead to credentials of value. Grant recipients include the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Mi Casa Resource Center, Nicolet College, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, SUNY Empire State College, the University of Maine System, the University of Wisconsin System, and the Virginia Community College System.
"Through All Learning Counts, we are recognizing exemplars who want to ensure many more Americans will have the skills they need to thrive by earning college degrees, certificates, and industry certifications," said Lumina strategy director Haley Glover. "We need to think in new ways about the recognition of learning after high school. We must see that all college-level learning, regardless of how and where it is gained, can be applied toward meaningful post-high school credentials."