North Country Cradle to Career Network LaunchedState University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Clinton Community College President John E. Jablonski in Dec. 2011 launcheda cradle-to-career network that brings together regional civic organizations, school districts, colleges, and elected officials in a commitment to improve the education pipeline in Clinton County.
With the launch of the Clinton County Workforce Development Roundtable, a rural community in the U.S. joins Strive Network for the first time. Strive is an evidence-based educational reform initiative that has improved student success in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky school districts since it was created in 2006. Specifically, Strive has produced positive trends in college and high school graduation rates, fourth-grade reading and math scores, and the number of preschool children prepared for kindergarten.
Strive, which was co-created by Chancellor Zimpher, has increased academic achievement as well as kindergarten preparedness and college graduation rates in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the last five years. Strive’s success has compelled many regions across the country to replicate or adapt the concept, including several communities in New York State, where SUNY has taken on a leadership role. In addition to the North Country network, SUNY is establishing a series of systemic and sustainable regional education networks across the state and bringing together partners who have committed to the concept in Albany, Harlem, and Rochester.
Like Strive, the New York networks will brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents, and other stakeholders who are committed to helping children succeed at every stage.