Education Changes Everything

Build a stronger economy, skilled workforce & actively engaged community through educational attainment.

Education Changes Everything is the Iowa College Student Aid Commission’s collective impact initiative made possible by a network of communities in Iowa working to improve college attainment. It helps focuses everyone's efforts to make understandable pathways for attaining education, training, and employment, and minimizing personal, political, and socioeconomic barriers for low-income, low skilled, unemployed, and/or dislocated individuals. 

SCC is committed to investing and sharing resources to help everyone in the region make the most of their opportunities so that they can live the best life possible.

Objectives

  • Create partnerships with local agencies and organizations to support students applying for, attending and completing college
  • Focus efforts on making understandable pathways for attaining education, training, and employment; and assisting in minimizing personal, political, and socioeconomic barriers for low-income, low-skilled, unemployed, underemployed, and/or dislocated individuals in the region.
  • Provide college access, career planning, financial literacy, default prevention and outreach services that prepare students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Building upon the existing initiatives and resources currently available in our communities, College Changes Everything leverages the strengths and long-term plans of each participating organization. Ground-level legwork of VISTA volunteers, access to data and training, and strategic assistance for community leaders provided by the Iowa College Aid Commission and other state and national experts fuel the movement to meet the community’s higher education goals and raise educational attainment statewide.

This Asset Map is designed to help community stakeholders identify where services exist within the community that prepare students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.