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Detroit Promise Expands Support Services to Increase Graduation Rates

This fall, the Detroit Regional Chamber will launch a new program designed to help students at risk of dropping out to navigate the rigors of higher education. Students who participate in the Detroit Promise scholarship program can access a suite of support services ranging from counseling to advice on exam prep through the Detroit Promise Path.

The Detroit Promise Path expands on a pilot program that kicked off last year at Wayne County Community College District. The more highly structured Promise Path will include four additional community colleges — Henry Ford College, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, and Schoolcraft College, giving over 300 students the opportunity to work with a campus coach, who can advise them on registration, financial aid, buying books, and other important topics. The program also offers monthly incentives, such as a gas or a grocery card, to offset expenses not covered by financial aid.

The program builds on the Chamber’s longstanding effort to increase the number of students in the region with postsecondary degrees in order to grow the talent pipeline. It also addresses the “summer melt” phenomenon, which occurs when students in the spring decide to attend college but fail to enroll by the fall semester deadline. For information on the Detroit Promise Path program, contact Greg Handel at 313.596.0331.