November 18, 2019
Class of 2019 ECMC Scholars receive support to thrive in college and beyond
Oakland, CA (November 18, 2019) — Beyond 12, the innovative college completion organization, and education nonprofit Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) announce a new collaboration designed to support nearly 200 college-bound students as they transition into, thrive, and graduate from their respective colleges and universities.
"We are thrilled to work with the ECMC Scholars Program to help so many talented, hard-working students achieve their dream of earning a college degree," explained Beyond 12 Founder and CEO Alex Bernadotte. "I am looking forward to using our coaching platform—which combines our dynamic human coaches, our campus-specific MyCoach mobile app, and our back-end predictive and prescriptive analytics engine—to ensure that the students we are honored to serve together thrive in college and beyond."
The ECMC Scholars Program works with high school students who have potential. By providing extra support during their junior and senior years of high school, students develop strong academic and personal skills. Working with their team, including their high school and ECMC, students learn how to be successful in getting to and through postsecondary education. In addition, students who successfully complete the ECMC Scholars Program can benefit from up to $6,000 in scholarship support for their postsecondary education.
"We are proud to work with Beyond 12, an organization that shares our deep commitment to college access and success," said Sabrina Berg, ECMC's Scholars Program manager. "This collaboration provides our scholars with near-peer support from trained coaches who understand the challenges of higher education every step of the way."
Recognizing that students require additional support in the transition to college, the work of Beyond 12 expands the investment in students with additional mentorship and guidance.
Through a student-tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, Beyond 12 works with high schools, college access programs, and colleges to provide their students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. Today, 85 percent of students who are coached by Beyond 12 for four years either persist or graduate from college by their sixth year, as compared to 56 percent of first-generation college students nationwide.
Both ECMC and Beyond 12 bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary education for students who may not otherwise enroll and complete a degree or certificate program at a college, university, or career and technical education center. Beyond 12's innovative coaching model and data tracking will reinforce ECMC's financial and high school mentoring expertise to support students as they navigate challenges to prepare for and succeed in college.
This collaboration with ECMC is just one component of Beyond 12's bold strategy to coach one million historically underrepresented college students annually by 2025.
About Beyond 12
br> Beyond 12 is a high-tech, high-touch coaching platform that helps high schools, college access programs, and colleges provide their students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. Founded by Alexandra Bernadotte in 2009, Beyond 12 works to dramatically increase the number of historically under-represented students who graduate from college. For more information about Beyond 12, visit www.beyond12.org.
Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed. Headquartered in Minneapolis, ECMC works to lower student loan default rates; sponsors college access and success initiatives, and financial education programs; and provides resources to support student loan borrowers to successfully repay their loans. To learn more about ECMC's initiatives, visit www.ecmc.org/students.