Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are known for helping students of color and opportunity youth access an affordable and quality higher education. Realizing that high SAT scores and GPAs aren’t necessarily indicators of student success in college, HBCUs instead focus on developing learners through personalized learning and support. Learn4Life and FLEX High serve at-risk students and share this approach to recover dropouts, and promote college access, readiness and enrollment opportunities for its students.
For National HBCU Week (Sept. 20-26), Lifelong Learning, a nonprofit educational services organization that supports Learn4Life and FLEX High, is celebrating a new partnership with the 1890 Universities Foundation, that provides students opportunities for increased exposure and acceptance to HBCUs, with support services to be successful in college. The 1890 Universities Foundation serves a network of nineteen universities in the United States designated through the Morrill Land Grand Act of 1890 as a historically black college or university.
FLEX High student Dreama Swanigan, 18, has always wanted to go to college. Although she had many struggles growing up – surviving cancer, the trauma of losing a sister and even being homeless for a time – she was eager to learn and determined to go to a university. At age 16, she enrolled at Learn4Life which offered a flexible schedule so she could take classes at a community college while earning her diploma. Dreama just graduated with honors and has been accepted to Central State University (CSU), an HBCU in Ohio. Because of COVID-19, Dreama will postpone going to CSU until the spring, and will instead attend Columbus State Community College for the Fall 2020 semester.
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