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Charter school halfway done building new school

WITN.com  |  Full Article “Officials say with the school’s recent growth, they have had to put their high school students in classrooms at Pamlico Community College. That separation is why school officials say they desperately…

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Arapahoe Charter School to celebrate new facility

By Charlie Hall  |  NewBernSJ.com  |  Full Article “A major school construction project kicks off April 7 when Arapahoe Charter School hosts a community groundbreaking and the start of construction on a new $8.9 million…

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Local Boy Scouts Are Halfway to New Exton Adventureland

“On Friday, renowned former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil gave the halftime pep talk to a standing-room-only crowd of civic and business leaders celebrating $2.7 million of progress toward the Chester County Council of Boy Scouts’…

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GPA gets $1 million donation for Greenwood Promise

“The Greenwood Promise received an anonymous donation that brought the vision of post-secondary education for all students in Greenwood County closer – about $1 million closer – to becoming a reality. The Greenwood Promise is…

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Vance Charter breaks ground on new home

“Vance Charter School welcomed the community to its future home with a celebration and groundbreaking. ‘I’m really happy that we’ve gotten to this point,’ Sean Connolly, Vance Charter principal, said. ‘We’ve talked about it and…

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Old Cotton Mill to Finish Becoming New Roxboro School Building

“Roxboro Community School hopes to finish converting a former cotton mill into a new gymnasium and auditorium soon. Leaders are working to raise $1.8 million for the final phase of the conversion of the old…

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Millbrook, AL: Wildlife Federation Breaks Ground On NaturePlex

“The Alabama Wildlife Federation broke ground Wednesday on a new building designed to enhance public education about conservation. NaturePlex, a 23,000-square-foot, $5.5 million facility at the Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook, will serve as Lanark’s…

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Leadership Gwinnett capital campaign raises $900k

In eight months, the first capital campaign in nearly 30 years exceeded expectations for Leadership Gwinnett as it brought in more than $900,000. That passed the initial goal of $600,000 as the organization starts a…

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Two Coasts – Two Conferences – One Message

October 16, 2017

Change. According to noted Psychiatrist, RD Laing, “…change is so sped up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” Earlier this month I attended two conferences focused on the…

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Top 5 Emerging Community College Trends

May 05, 2017

This year marked the 97th anniversary of the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention. I’ve been fortunate to attend this event every year for the last ten years. I’ve even had the honor of presenting several times. This year’s convention theme, “Community Colleges: America’s North Star,” was a particularly interesting one to me.

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Community Colleges Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

April 17, 2017

“Nimble, inclusive, and entrepreneurial.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos used these three terms to highlight the unique role community colleges play as a catalyst in workforce development issues. “You’re absolutely essential engines of workforce and economic…

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Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together

February 17, 2017

Community Colleges change lives. We all have heard the stories of the financially strapped students whose dreams of a college degree seem unachievable until a scholarship opportunity opens the doors to their future. Philanthropy at…

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University Economic Development Association Annual Summit Recap

October 28, 2016

There were plenty of great sessions at this year’s annual summit, and we’re honored that Principal Andy Coe was included as one of the presenters. His session, “The Power of Community Partnerships in Funding Workforce…

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Promise Initiatives: Investing in a Long-Term Competitive Advantage

October 18, 2016

This article was originally written for and published in the International Economic Development Council’s “ED Now” newsletter. We are excited to make it available to non-IEDC members here for the first time. There were 5.8 million job…

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The Benefits of Hiring Outside Fundraising Counsel

September 12, 2016

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article “Counterpoint: Feasibility Studies and Other Reasons Outside Counsel Can Help Small Nonprofits,” recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Principal Mark Bergethon. To read…

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Economic Development & Higher Education: Now More Than Ever

July 21, 2016

Many state legislatures continue to struggle with their annual budgets due to shortfalls in revenue. For example, on May 18 Kentucky’s Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) announced that 506 positions had been cut: 191…

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Fundraising FAQs from the 2016 National Charter School Conference

July 13, 2016

Convergent Principals Rick Kiernan and Mark Bergethon attended and exhibited at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville two weeks ago. While speaking to dozens of charter school representatives about the prospect of launching a…

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4 Steps to Keep Your Board Engaged in a Capital Campaign

March 30, 2015

Initiating a capital campaign is an exciting opportunity. It’s a time when you can help move your organization forward in a very dynamic way, although there are always a few challenges that will arise during…

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Overcoming Your Board’s Reluctance to Ask for Funding: A Charter School Case Study

June 22, 2016

Most public schools can rely on government funding to assist in bricks and mortar funding needs, but what if you are a public charter school and ineligible for such funding? How do you raise awareness…

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