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Monday, October 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Moving Beyond Stage 1: A Multi Year Partnership Among Anchor Institutions for College Readiness (60 mins)

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The 30,000 Degrees initiative brings together a private, practical liberal arts college, the branch campus of a major metropolitan Catholic university, and the public university system of New York City, to increase the number of baccalaureate degree graduates by 30,000 between 2015-2025 within their shared geographic region in Staten Island, NY. Inspired by 55,000 Degrees, this collaboration between Wagner College, St. John’s University/Staten Island Campus, and the College of Staten Island/CUNY was shaped by the 2013 CUMU conference in Louisville. 30,000 Degrees uses a neighborhood model to fill the gaps within Pre-K–16 pipelines as a means of increasing student success and college completion. This initiative builds upon the existing assets and cross-sectoral community network of each Pre-K–16 anchor institution to: 1) better understand the needs of our target students, families, and schools, and 2) to align programs and resources within the pipeline for mutually beneficial, authentic collaborations. Following the 2015 CUMU Engagement Academy and Conference in Omaha, efforts to institutionalize 30,000 Degrees were enhanced with strategies to leverage the legacy of each campus in relation to the shared objectives with each pipeline. The outcome has helped to:
• Improve urban teacher preparation, practicum internship placements, and civic engagement programs
• Increase credit-bearing courses as well as opportunities for entrepreneurship and workforce development for high school students
• Create unique, evidence-based cohort models at the high school and middle school level, which align school and student needs with collaborative faculty research opportunities and the strategic vision of each campus community


Mark Erlenwein

Principal, Staten Island Technical High School
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Tim Gannon

Principle, Port Richmond High School
Tim was principal of Port Richmond HS on Staten Island for 12 1/2 years from 2005 to 2017. In that time he partnered with Wagner College President Dr. Richard Guarasci to establish the Wagner College Port Richmond Partnership as well as the Port Richmond Partnership Leadership Academy... Read More →
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Ken Iwama

Vice President, CUNY/College of Staten Island
As the Vice President of Economic Development, Continuing Studies and Government Relations, I support and enhance economic growth and sustainability through higher education opportunity, human capital and talent development, applied research and innovation, entrepreneurship and business... Read More →

Nicholas Mele

Principal - I.S. 51, Edwin Markham Middle School
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Crystal Montalvo

Director Community Educational Engagement, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Crystal Vera-Montalvo joined the College of Staten Island/CUNY in July 2018 as the Director of Community Educational Engagement. As a key convener of the College's anchor mission, Crystal manages community-based partnerships, and oversees nationally recognized pre-college programs... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
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