One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life.
Formerly the Illinois Education Foundation, One Million Degrees was founded in 2006 by a group of social entrepreneurs who understood the specific challenges facing a uniquely overlooked student population – community college students.
Recognizing the fact that most of these students were failing and determined to change the odds, our founders developed a unique and highly successful program based on providing the kind of support that would make a meaningful difference.
One Million Degrees believes that when given a solid system of support, every student has the ability to reach his or her full personal and professional potential. Since 2006, One Million Degrees has helped empower hundreds of community college students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Today, One Million Degrees Scholars are graduating at roughly three times the national average and are equipped with the skills necessary to help them reach their full potential in school, in work, and in life.
Community college students are among the most important yet least supported of this country's undergraduate population. Community colleges offer pathways to meaningful careers and, often, an on-ramp to four-year universities. Yet, lacking critical resources, most students never graduate. It is stunning how little is available to this vital and vibrant group of students.
One Million Degrees changes the odds entirely. Our groundbreaking program – innovative, personalized, uniquely effective – delivers the kind of meaningful support that is transforming lives and creating a pattern of positive change that will echo for generations.
This is what works.
OMD's 2012-2013 Annual Report Read about OMD in our 2012-2013 Annual Report which outlines the powerful effects of our program: a unique combination of academic, personal, professional, and financial supports that successfully empowers low-income community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life.
OMD alumni are pursuing careers in high-demand fields, continuing their education, providing for their families, saving for retirement, putting their children on college-bound trajectories, and playing leadership roles in service to their communities. Read One Million Degrees Alumni: Working, Thriving and Leading, our first ever comprehensive examination of OMD alumni since our founding in 2006.