"If you want to help low-income students succeed (...) you also need to address their doubts and misconceptions and fears. To solve the problem of college completion, you first need to get inside the mind of a college student."

Who Gets to Graduate?
Paul Tough, NYTimes

One Million Degrees believes in the limitless potential of our scholars.

But we also know that they face significant obstacles in the pursuit of a degree. OMD offers groundbreaking, whole-student programming to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them navigate these challenges while building key skills for success in school, in work, and in life.

With a dedicated and highly-trained program staff, OMD offers personal, academic, professional, and financial supports to each of its scholars. In addition to meeting one-on-one with their program coordinator and professional coach, scholars attend monthly Scholar Development Sessions to grow academically, professionally, and personally.

During their time at OMD, scholars transform into the leaders in their families, schools, communities, and careers that they’re meant to be.

Learn more about the comprehensive supports that comprise the OMD Program below.

Personal Supports Academic Supports
  • Caring staff and coaches committed to supporting scholars through academic, professional, and personal challenges and opportunities
  • Civic engagement and leadership development to empower scholars to self-advocate and drive meaningful change
  • Academic interventions and tutoring to ensure scholars are excelling in their classes and are on track to earn their degrees within three years
  • Guidance for scholars transitioning to four-year universities
Professional Supports Financial Supports
  • Engaging, interactive professional development workshops and career exploration activities designed for success beyond college
  • One-of-a-kind events to help scholars put what they learn into practice
  • Financial literacy and individual counseling to help scholars plan for their financial futures
  • Stipends to help defray costs associated with attending college
Program model

To assist our scholars in navigating the community college sphere, One Million Degrees has established partnerships with the seven City Colleges of Chicago, College of Lake County, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College.