"OMD NOT ONLY HELPED ME FINANCIALLY; OMD WELCOMED ME INTO A COMMUNITY, AND IT IS THAT COMMUNITY THAT ALLOWED ME TO THRIVE."

-OMD Alumna and Chicago Police Officer Maria Barraza

THE CHALLENGE

65% of Illinois public college students attend community college, but only one in four of them will graduate with a degree within three years. OMD changes that.

THE SOLUTION

One Million Degrees accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility. OMD provides comprehensive supports to community college students, including tutoring, volunteer coaching, financial assistance and professional development. OMD Scholars graduate at twice the state average with the skills and experiences necessary to launch upwardly mobile professional careers. 

Currently in its 12th year of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 10 Chicago-area community colleges, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College. OMD serves 700 scholars across the region in the 2018-2019 academic year, and partners with leading Chicago area employers and other organizations to foster postsecondary and career success.

Click on the links below to learn more about the comprehensive approach OMD employs to ensure our scholars reach their full potential.

Personal Support Academic Support
Professional Support Financial Support

A single degree. A world of opportunity.