North Central State College Foundation

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North Central State College (NCSC) believes in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). NCSC Foundation has taken DEI one step further, and created a new Advancing Diversity Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be available to minority students who are continuing their education with NCSC. The first award will go to a Police Academy or Criminal Justice student.

This Advancing Diversity Scholarship is designed to award a scholarship to students who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, and who are culturally, ethnically, or racially diverse. The scholarship recipients will have their college experience enriched by being assigned a mentor and will be invited to attend NCSC Foundation Board of Trustee meetings. The Advancing Diversity scholar will learn, first hand, what it means to be a part of a board, what businesses need in our county, and have the student’s supported in and out of the classroom.

Why is this increased focus on diversity important? 

Experts predicted in 2016 that by 2020 two-thirds of all jobs would require postsecondary education. For us to meet the workforce demands of our region, we must ensure equitable educational access for an increasingly diverse population. Community colleges like NCSC, play a critical role in this effort by strengthening the focus on promoting higher education access and success for underrepresented populations, and fostering inclusion on college campuses.

NCSC has implemented several DEI initiatives throughout our college campuses to help advance diversity and inclusion.

  • DEI Committee comprised of NCSC staff and faculty.
  • Institutional commitment to promoting student body diversity and inclusion on campus.
  • Diversity across all levels of our college.
  • Support services for students.
  • Inclusive campus climate.

The U.S. Department of Education did an analysis on educational inequities and opportunity gaps for minority students in accessing and completing a quality postsecondary education. A few of the key findings from this analysis are listed below.

  • Higher education is a key pathway for social mobility in the United States.
  • During the past 50 years, the U.S. has seen racial and ethnic disparities in higher education enrollment and attainment, as well as gaps in earnings, employment, and other related outcomes for communities of color.
  • Gaps in college opportunity have contributed to diminished social mobility (e.g., the ability to jump to higher income levels across generations) within the United States, and gaps in college opportunity are in turn influenced by disparities in students' experiences before graduating from high school.
  • The participation of underrepresented students of color decreases at multiple points across the higher education pipeline including at application, admission, enrollment, persistence, and completion.
  • The interaction of race and ethnicity, family income, and parental education can influence educational and labor market outcomes.

With your help, we can achieve this mission critical goal to begin this newly endowed, Advancing Diversity Scholarship, and increase access to college to our diverse community. Help us make a difference and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at North Central State College.

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