For Immediate Release
September 30, 2019
Michele Soli, Corporate Relations & Communications Manager
Mi Casa Resource Center Receives $450,000 Grant from Lumina Foundation
to Apply More Learning Toward Degrees and Other Credentials
DENVER, CO – Mi Casa Resource Center has been awarded a $450K grant from Lumina Foundation to build clearer pathways to degrees and other credentials for adults, especially for people of color and Native learners. Lumina’s All Learning Counts initiative will support Mi Casa to ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside of formal higher education—through work, military, and other experiences—can be recognized and applied toward programs leading to credentials of value.
Mi Casa received one of nine grants awarded nationwide from a pool of 78 applicants. Other recipients include: District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Nicolet College, SUNY Empire State College, the University of Maine System, the University of Wisconsin System, and Virginia Community College System.
Mi Casa was awarded the grant in partnership with Community College of Aurora and Metropolitan State University of Denver to build a first-of-its kind, end-to-end pathway for adult learners in the financial services industry. This pathway connects adult learners to employment and up to four industry-recognized credentials simultaneously, optimizing investment in upskilling and maximizing income-earning potential.
“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 Haley Glover, the Lumina strategy director who will provide leadership for the grant program. “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.”
“We have a moral and economic imperative to close the opportunity gap for Coloradans, especially low-income populations and people of color,” said Monique Lovato, CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center. “For example, the gap in educational attainment between Colorado’s white and Latinx populations is the 2nd largest in the nation, with only 23% of Coloradan Latinx aged 25 or higher holding a post-secondary credential. And yet post-secondary education is one of the largest determinants of an individual’s future earnings and will become increasingly more important with changes in the labor market. This grant from Lumina Foundation will allow Mi Casa, together with our partners, to help close this gap by providing our participants with a pathway to affordable and attainable post-secondary education.”
About Mi Casa Resource Center
Mi Casa Resource Center creates pathways to opportunity for low-income families in Metro Denver. For 43 years we have operated competency-based training, coaching, and wrap-around support services for jobseekers, entrepreneurs, and students. As a national leader in this work, we have always recognized the strengths and skills people bring to Mi Casa. We build on those strengths and skills to connect people to meaningful work, from formal employment to self-employment and everything in between.
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. The foundation envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Lumina’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.