The City of Raleigh is proud to join a new peer-learning cohort led by the National League of Cities (NLC) to remove barriers to basic needs that often prevent college students from successfully completing postsecondary degrees, certificates or other credentials needed to gain access to rewarding careers. Raleigh joins a select group of five cities from across the nation that will engage in monthly peer-to-peer virtual learning opportunities and receive tailored support and expert assistance from NLC’s staff and national content experts to help advance the city’s efforts in supporting local students.
"This is an exciting opportunity to learn from others, lead by example and support our local college students," said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. "With six institutions of higher learning, we have seen first hand the challenges students face in obtaining a college degree. Through this cohort, we expect to make great strides in meeting the needs of our students and helping them achieve their goals."
The City hopes to identify and provide sustainable resources that address students’ basic needs such as mental health services, food insecurity, digital broadband access, and housing. These resources would then assist students in becoming potential long-term residents and professionals in the City of Raleigh. North Carolina State University will serve as the lead institutional partner on the initiative, with plans to collaborate with Shaw University and Wake Technical Community College to reach a broader student base.
“The last year has shown how critical cities are in our nation’s growth and development. As studies have consistently shown that high levels of educational attainment are directly linked to a city’s economic vitality and well-being, there is a great incentive for municipal leaders to support and promote postsecondary credential attainment,” said Dr. Robert Blaine, director of NLC’s Institute for Youth Education & Families. “The National League of Cities is proud to work with the City of Raleigh in addressing the basic needs of postsecondary students in Raleigh.”
This cohort program runs from November 2021 through August 2022 with additional support through 2023 and is generously supported by ECMC Foundation.