For the last decade,
The Reinberger Foundation
has been a steadfast partner to College Now, supporting our work with
, individuals ages 19 and over, who are pursuing postsecondary education for the first time or seeking to return to school. College Now has grown its work with adults significantly, and The Foundation's commitment has been integral to our success.
Today, with a staff of five, College Now's adult advising team meets adults in our Resource Centers in Tower City in downtown Cleveland and at the Barberton Public Library in Summit County. We also partner with numerous community-based organizations where we deliver our services on-site.
Our work with adults is highly individualized: we help adults explore career options based on passion, demand and earnings; learn how to achieve degrees within the shortest time-frame; secure and maximize financial aid; and select an affordable institution that meets their personal, academic and career goals. Given that postsecondary degree attainment is strikingly low - for example, only 9.8% of the City of Cleveland's population has a bachelor's degree - there is significant opportunity for College Now to assist adults as they seek to improve their lives through obtaining postsecondary credentials.
To that end, College Now's focus aligns squarely with The Reinberger Foundation's mission of, among other things, helping individuals move toward self-sufficiency. Established by Clarence and Louise Reinberger in 1966, The Foundation made its first grants in 1970 and since then has awarded over $110 million primarily to Northeast Ohio organizations focusing on education, human services and the arts. Today, several generations of the Reinberger family serve as trustees and officers of The Foundation.
College Now is grateful for The Reinberger Foundation's leadership and involvement with our work!