As a collective impact backbone team, North State Together maintains a delicate balance between the strong leadership needed to keep our counties united toward our common vision, and the invisible “behind the scenes” role that lets each county network own their own success. We know how important place-based solutions are in our rural communities, so our goal is to build capacity for leadership and creativity at the ground level to ensure that each county can set their own goals and priorities based on local needs.
Expanded from a five-county to a ten-county partnership
North State Together’s demonstrated success earned the partnership a K16 Collaborative grant provided by the State of California. In doing so, the partnership has grown from serving five counties to now serving ten. The result – a dramatic increase in the potential for impact across northern California.
Increased on-time degree completion
Through systems redesign including changes to advising supports, improved degree pathways, and cohorted learning, North State Together have generated a 2% annual gain in the number of students completing an associates or bachelors degree within four-years.
SCAILE (Shasta College Attainment and Innovation Lab for Equity) is a new center that has evolved from the work of the North State Together Talent Hub, Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnerships for Attainment, and the Innovation Awards at Shasta College.
SCAILE’s goal is to create a place where policy, practice, inquiry and applied research are integrated to foster innovation in educational attainment and the reduction of equity gaps with a spotlight on the changing dynamics of rural communities.
In many ways, SCAILE functions as a Strategy Lab to meaningfully support practitioners, stakeholders and researchers/scholars working to unite communities in pursuit of increased post-secondary attainment and the elimination of equity gaps in who pursues college, thrives once enrolled, and completes a credential.
The Alliance Project has formally join North State Together to create a culturally responsive community that works for all. Building on existing local and regional partnerships, including the Umoja program, the Alliance Project is committed to ensuring access to education and to alleviating disparities among our underserved populations in our region, with a specific focus on African American students.
The McConnell Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help build better communities through philanthropy. The McConnell Foundation has long been committed to increasing opportunities for children and youth of Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties. North State Together was established in 2016 as a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million dollar grant awarded by The McConnell Foundation. As a result of the progress that has been made in the region, North State Together was awarded an 8 year multi million dollar grant renewal in 2020 by The McConnell Foundation . The North State Together backbone team and county collaborative network partners would like to thank The McConnell Foundation for investing long-term in our region through the North State Together collective impact cradle to career model to increase educational outcomes to ultimately improve the overall health and vitality of our communities.