SILVER SPRING, MD -- Northwood Technical College is joining the 2022 cohort of Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network to holistically advance equity, access, and student success. By joining the ATD Network, Northwood Tech is committing to a tailored engagement in whole-college transformation and gaining access to a nationwide network of peer support and expertise.
Northwood Tech is part of a cohort of seven colleges joining the ATD Network during a time of continued enrollment challenges for two-year institutions across the country, when equitable access and community engagement are more important than ever for the students that colleges serve.
In response to the cohort announcement, John Will, President of Northwood Tech acknowledged, “Northwood Technical College is pleased to be a part of the ATD network. There has never been a more important time to ensure we’re doing everything we can to ensure we are removing barriers to postsecondary success, and Achieving the Dream will help us ensure we’re prioritizing the right initiatives to support our efforts.”
“Community colleges, and particularly colleges in the ATD Network, recognize that they serve as engines of opportunity not just for their students, but for the entire communities that they serve,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “ATD’s work is centered on equity, and I am excited to see how the new Network colleges in the 2022 cohort start generating transformational change that lifts up their communities and advances the field.”
Teams from each of the seven colleges will convene in Charlotte, NC, from June 14 to 16 for a Kickoff Institute that will set the stage for their partnership with ATD. Representatives from Northwood Tech will meet virtually with ATD coaches and begin to develop customized action plans based on Northwood Tech’s strategic goals.
Northwood Tech, alongside the 2022 cohort of new ATD Network colleges, is committed to tackling equity challenges, building a culture of data-informed decision-making, and maximizing the student experience through high-quality teaching and learning.
Northwood Tech is joining the ATD Network alongside six other institutions:
- Brookdale Community College (NJ)
- Central Carolina Technical College (SC)
- Community College of Aurora (CO)
- HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College (PA)
- Meridian Community College (MS)
- Reynolds Community College (VA)
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a partner and champion of more than 300 community colleges across the country. Drawing on our expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, we provide institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K-12 partnerships, and more. We call this Whole College Transformation. Our vision is for every college to be a catalyst for equitable, antiracist, and economically vibrant communities. We know that with the right partner and the right approach, colleges can drive access, completion rates, and employment outcomes —so that all students can access life-changing learning that propels them into community-changing careers.