An innovation-focused career advising grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has accelerated our ability to serve students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. With their support, we’ve focused our efforts on serving the United Negro College Fund Career Pathways Initiative in 2018. We are connecting students, universities and employers via technology that develops personalized career pathways and helps universities improve and measure job placement outcomes of graduates. By funding our technologies and research, the foundation is furthering its mission to develop viable solutions in career advising that enable career discovery.
An implementation grant by the Strada Education Network has accelerated our ability to provide access to advice from employers to students at Harris-Stowe State University. In a study by Gallup and Strada Education, advice from informal, work based sources was ranked as the most helpful but least used by students. The network will leverage key findings from The Whether to further their research purposes.
With the support from the Gates Foundation, we partnered with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (PENN CMSI) in an effort to increase future entrepreneurs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The partnership enabled the creation of the Mary Ellen Pleasant Entrepreneur (MEPE) Fellowship. The Fellowship highlights the characteristics that today’s young entrepreneurs need most: a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and the desire to take risks in making the world a better place.