Dr. Latitia McCane, Dean of Instructional Services at Bishop State Community College, received national recognition during the Lumina Foundation’s Annual Convening held in Atlanta GA on February 16, 2017. Dean McCane along with Chandra Scott, the Director of Strategic Outcome for the Mobile Area Education Foundation were co-presenters during the event. They received the Best Practice Showcase Award for the 75,000 Degrees Initiative and the development of the 75,000 Degrees Blueprint. There were 38 communities at the event taking part in the Best Practices Showcase which highlighted the impact of their programs on post-secondary attainment. Only six were selected to receive the prestigious award by a vote of their peers along with $5,000. Bishop State Community College partnered with the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) as part of its 75,000 Degrees Initiative. The goal of the 75,000 Degrees Initiative is to double the number of citizens with degrees and credentials in Mobile County by 2030 to reach 75,000. Bishop State’s collaborative effort involves its 15 to Finish program. The college has put in place structured class schedules and course mapping to help students graduate on time by taking at least 15 credit hours per semester. McCane spearheaded this initiative at Bishop State since its inception and continues to lead the charge for the program at the college. The 15 to Finish Campaign reinforces Bishop’s support of workforce development in the Mobile community. When students take structured courses which is a key component of the campaign, they graduate on time and are able to enter the workforce sooner or further their education at a 4 year college or university.

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