WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities today announced the selection of the City of Houston to receive technical assistance to boost college-level credential attainment. Houston joins seven other cities participating in the NLC's Communities Advancing Postsecondary Success (CAPS) initiative.
"We are so pleased that support from the Kresge Foundation enables the National League of Cities to work closely with the City of Houston and its partners to raise educational attainment rates and build a highly skilled workforce," noted Audrey Hutchinson, program director for education and afterschool initiatives at NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families.
"The strong partnership between the City of Houston and the Center for Houston's Future, and their joint focus on clear goals and methods such as increasing adult degree completion, caught our eye because it lays the groundwork for rapid progress," added Hutchinson.CAPS technical assistance will include help for Houston in clarifying the means to achieve goals such as a 25 percent increase in associate's degree attainment, referrals to national experts and information, a site visit, and participation in a peer learning network with the cities of Berkeley, San Antonio, Louisville, Memphis, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Through its postsecondary success technical assistance initiatives, NLC helps cities leverage the office of the mayor and ensure strong functioning of a multi-sector partnership. The Kresge Foundation, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, makes grants to propel more underrepresented students – especially low-income, first-generation, African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native American students – into two- and four-year institutions, prepare them to succeed and increase the number of students that ultimately graduate. In addition to its support for Houston, NLC provides support to more than two dozen cities to increase postsecondary credentialing of residents, thus helping cities achieve their economic and workforce development goals. The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.