Roane State selected for inaugural Community Vibrancy Cohort with Achieving the Dream

Roane State has been selected for the inaugural Community Vibrancy Cohort with Achieving the Dream (ATD), a nationwide network of colleges committed to closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success.

ATD announced the Community Vibrancy Cohort on April 5 with a total of 17 Network colleges chosen to participate. As part of the project, Roane State and the other selected colleges will be testing new tools and training materials intended to help address inequities on their campus and in their communities.

“Roane State measures its institutional success by the success of its students, and participation in this project will provide an exceptional opportunity to work with community partners to enhance not only the lives of our students and their families, but also the communities in which they live,” said Karen Brunner, Roane State’s vice president of institutional effectiveness.

Projected cohort results include:

  • Enhanced understanding about the importance of workforce outcomes and economic/social mobility.
  • Enhanced knowledge about the impact and importance for creating equitable and economically vibrant communities.
  • Increased use of next generation metrics to inform planning and strategic action.
  • A suite of useful tools and resources for all ATD Network colleges (which are carefully vetted via this project).

“The ability to think bigger and act urgently is central to community colleges creating more economically vibrant communities,” ATD’s statement about the cohort read. “It starts with colleges seeing and understanding local communities in new ways, which can collectively lead to upward mobility and help communities flourish and thrive economically.”

To help institutions build their capacity to enact change at this level, ATD put the Community Vibrancy Cohort together with generous support from Ascendium Education Group and Crimsonbridge Foundation. The tools and materials being tested by the colleges will attempt to provide data to assess market potential amongst opportunity populations, track the right institutional metrics and monitor both workforce outcomes and community vibrancy metrics.

The project will last approximately one year and culminate in a sharing event at DREAM 2024, ATD’s annual conference.

Additional information and a complete list of the ATD network colleges selected to pilot this work are available online at achievingthedream.org/community-vibrancy-cohort.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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