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Sponsors and Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.  With support from the Gates Foundation, the NCTN is embarking on a study of policies and practices related to the successful transition of young adults from adult education to postsecondary education.  

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Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

The purpose of LINCS is to provide on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face trainings; high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community, which work together to expand evidence-based practice in adult education. LINCS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). NCTN staff are subject matter experts to the Postsecondary Completion group in the LINCS Community of Practice. World Education manages the Region 1 Professional Development Center.

Lumina Foundation for Education

Lumina Foundation for Education strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. The Foundation bases its mission on the belief that postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments that individuals can make in themselves and that society can make in its people. The Lumina Foundation has provided generous financial backing for the work of the NCTN.


National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC)

The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium offers professional development, policy analysis, and dissemination of information important to state staff in adult education. The NAEPDC serves as an advisor to the NCTN staff.


National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE)

The National Center for Developmental Education provides instruction, training programs, research, publications, and other services consistent with the purpose of developmental education nationwide to adult and developmental education professionals who are dedicated to serving underprepared and disadvantaged college students. The NCDE serves as an advisor to the NCTN.

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National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE)

The National Council for Workforce Education is a private, nonprofit, professional organization committed to promoting excellence and growth in workforce education at the postsecondary level. NCWE is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in vocational, technical, and career education as well as representatives of business, labor, military, and government, on work-related education. The NCWE serves as an advisor to the NCTN.

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National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)

The National Endowment for Financial Education is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances—in particular, to underserved individuals whose financial education issues are not being addressed by others. NEFE supports the work of the NCTN through our joint publication, Mapping Your Financial Journey: Helping Adults Pay for College.

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The mission of Nellie Mae Education Foundation is to stimulate transformative change of public education systems across New England by growing a greater variety of higher quality educational opportunities that enable all learners – especially and essentially underserved learners– to obtain the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to become civically engaged, economically self-sufficient life-long learners. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has provided generous financial support for the work of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) and in particular, our work in New England. The Foundation serves as an advisor to the NCTN.

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Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation

The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation supports Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Hospitals, Jewish Causes and Social Welfare programs in Greater Boston and Palm Beach County, Florida. The Foundation’s Empowerment Initiative was established in 2006 to implement the Trustees’ belief that individuals must be empowered on a personal level in order to make positive changes in their lives. Through this Initiative, the Foundation generously supports the development of the Greater Boston chapter of the NCTN.

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State Street Foundation

The State Street Foundation is the charitable grantmaking arm of State Street Corporation and provides funding for the corporation’s strategic grantmaking program, disaster relief emergency assistance fund and Matching Gifts Program. Through the grantmaking program, the Foundation works to generate and sustain positive change by supporting organizations that provide economically disadvantaged citizens with the skills they need to be successful.  The Foundation generously supports NCTN’s College for a Day project.

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The Verizon Foundation funds programs that address social issues such as literacy, technology education, and domestic violence. The Foundation builds partnerships to replicate their most successful programs in communities across the country. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than $400 million in the United States and around the world to help others. In 2009, NCTN’s College for Adults website was redesigned with support from Verizon Massachusetts.

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World Education, Inc.

World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through economic and social development programs. Around the globe, World Education is known for its work in contextualized adult education, environmental education, community development, maternal and child health, school governance, small enterprise development, HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care, and refugee training. World Education also works to strengthen literacy and adult basic education programs in the United States. World Education provides financial support and technical assistance to the NCTN staff.

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Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki

The ALE Wiki is a repository of information on a variety of adult education topics, created by practitioners in the field of adult education. The ALE Wiki facilitates knowledge-sharing in the college transition field via the Transition to College Topic. After creating an account, anyone can edit the Wiki or upload resources.  NCTN staff oversees the ALE Wiki - Transition to College.

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