Lumina Foundation aims to raise Milwaukee’s higher education attainment

Posted on Jun 12, 2014

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published June 12, 2014

A newly announced partnership between the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Committee has a pretty lofty goal: to substantially increase the number of city residents with postsecondary degrees.

Merilou Gonzales, director of the GMC’s Talent Dividend Initiative, said the committee already outlined a few specific goals it would like to meet by 2020: to nearly double the number of associate degree holders from 34% currently to 61% and and to increase the number of bachelor’s degree holders from 27% to 33%.

And although those marks may seem a bit daunting, Gonzales said she’s optimistic about the project.

“We’ve done environment scans, and we feel pretty confident we can meet the goal,” she said.

Of course, Lumina’s endowment of more than $1 billion may make the high-reaching objective just a bit easier.

The foundation already invested a lot of its resources into the effort around the country. In 2012 alone, the foundation offered 70 grants to metro areas totaling about $30 million. In this next round of grants — totaling $13 million nationally — Milwaukee is one of 35 cities eligible to receive up to $160,000 through the partnership over the next two and a half years.

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