55,000 Degrees seeks an Initiative Coordinator who will play a critical function in the organization providing project and event planning, partnership communications, and logistical support to the many facets of this exciting community-wide partnership.
Duties and Responsibilities will include but are not be limited to:
Assist the Executive Director and team with scheduling, event planning and logistical needs
Support ED by tracking progress of certain strands of work, communicating with partners, and supporting internal organizational communications
Coordinate 55K board and committee meetings by scheduling meetings, tracking attendance, developing agenda and handouts, keeping minutes, and sending follow-up notes
Provide logistical support to action networks and teams such as the College Transition Action Network.
In partnership with the Director of Community Relations, coordinate the Cradle to Career AmeriCorps VISTA grant (specifically ensuring compliance as outlined by AmeriCorps VISTA, organizing reports, reviewing and processing monthly VISTA expenditures)
Assist with resource development by drafting proposals, tracking grants and reports, and preparing for funder briefings
Handle all bookkeeping tasks, including tracking and paying invoices, utilizing QuickBooks to allocate and monitor grant funds
Support financial reporting tasks, including preparing monthly financial statements.
Draft and edit communications and promotional materials targeting key constituencies, such as newsletters, emails/announcements, flyers, social media, etc.
Complete research assignments as needed (e.g., best practices on various strategies relevant to the 55,000 Degrees agenda)
Assist Executive Director with hiring processes and on-boarding new staff
On December 9, 2016, KentuckianaWorks, 55K and GLI, sponsored Power Forward, the Louisville Region Education and Workforce Summit. The summit, which was attended by over 250 people, picked up on last year’s call to accelerate progress with two main themes:
Making stronger connections between education and employers. Keynote speakers included Peter Cappelli, professor of Management at The Wharton School (Penn) and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, and Dr. Kate Ziemer, Associate Vice Provost of Curriculum and Professor of Chemical engineering at Northeastern University. Cappelli is also the author of Will College Pay Off?: A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make, and his presentation called for a “shorter supply chain” between employers and higher education. Ziemer’s presentation explored Northeastern University’s Co-op Program for cooperative education and career development which integrates rigorous classroom study with real-world experiences to create a self-directed learning pathway for students. KentuckianaWorks’ Career Calculator and SummerWorks programs were also highlighted.
This year’s FAFSA comes with important changes, the first being an early release date. Rather than waiting until January to open, the FAFSA opened on October 1st! Don’t fall for the myth that the FAFSA can’t help you; many schools require a FAFSA to give any aid at all, including work-study awards or student loans. Head on over to FAFSA.ed.gov to get started.
An earlier release date means earlier tax information. This year is a “prior prior” year, which means you’ll use 2015 taxes for your 2017-2018 FAFSA. You’ll also have to create a FSA ID (if you don’t already have one) before filling out this year’s FAFSA this year. A FSA ID is an electronic signature that verifies your identity, and you need an email address to create it. Learn more about the FSA ID here.
Remember: Kentucky awards financial aid on a first-come, first-serve basis, so waiting to file your FAFSA could make you lose out on state aid.
If you want guidance for this year’s FAFSA, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) is hosting FAFSA completion events at libraries and schools all throughout October. These walk-in events are free and open to the public, so make sure to attend with plenty of questions!
The Louisville Latino Educational Outreach program compiled a list of materials for Latino students interested in college. View the PDF below to learn about scholarships, financial aid resources, career development opportunities, and help with the college application process.
Louisville has been selected to receive the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health prize for its efforts in improving community health and well-being. 55,000 Degrees was recognized as a contributing force in these efforts through a collective impact approach, giving Louisville residents a greater chance at obtaining degrees and improving their quality of life.