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Expect More Arizona Features the Mesa Counts on College Access Center

As part of the Expect More Excellence Tour, Expect More Arizona highlighted the Mesa Counts on College Access Center for the way it helps increase post-secondary outcomes for students in Mesa, AZ.

"It’s hard to believe, but the entire city of Mesa (the third largest city in Arizona) is covered by one school district. With more than 64,000 students in grades K-12, there’s no shortage of things to do. But a few years ago, the city recognized that while their students were graduating at high rates, not enough of these youth were continuing onto postsecondary education. And even fewer were finishing.


That’s why Mesa Counts on College was created five years ago. As the umbrella brand for the city’s education initiatives, it means a lot of things to a lot of people. But most recently, the program opened an Access Center in central Mesa that serves students through free college advising, summer camp and internship programs, GED prep and PSAT/SAT practice. With a focus on low-income junior high and high school students, the Mesa Counts on College aims to double the number of low-income students who complete college in the next nine years..."

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Mesa Mayor John Giles Awarded Grant To Improve High School Students’ Graduation Rates


Grant To Support State Efforts To Share Data and Best Practices
To Address Education Challenges

Mesa, March 24th, 2016, The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable (AZMRT), an initiative of WestEd—a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization promoting national improvements to our education system—received one of three $200,000 grants from the America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson. The award is tied to a new report released by the Mayors Education Roundtable that shows the state facing disastrous consequences if Arizona fails to increase the number of young people who graduate from our high schools. The title of the report is “Arizona Mayors’ Education Dashboards.”


The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, a WestEd initiative, brings together mayors of Arizona’s larger cities, district superintendents, and their key staff to share data, evidence-based and promising practices, and programmatic strategies that can help address local challenges affecting students’ educational and career choices. The Roundtable is convened by WestEd, and is funded by the Helios Education Foundation.


This report draws upon research and figures from the 2014 Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable report, The Economic Losses of High School Dropouts and Disconnected Youth: Evidence from Across Arizona. The author of the report is Russell W. Rumberger, Director of the California Dropout Research Project and Professor of Education at the University of California,Santa Barbara www.cdrp.ucsb.edu. The original research can be found at azmayors.org/resources/reports. Supplementing this economic loss data are seasonally adjusted unemployment rates from the Arizona Department of Administration, demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and reading proficiency data from the Arizona Department of Education. The report was designed and produced by Collaborative Communications Group, Inc.

The information in the pages below pertain specifically to Mesa, Arizona.

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