Major Programs: Achieve College Education


Achieve College Education

I-LEAD enrolls adult working learners in an accredited Associate’s Degree program delivered onsite in their neighborhood (school, church, library, housing development, community based organization) during evening hours, in an accelerated cohort-based format, with a real-world curriculum that complements rather than conflicts with the competing demands of work and family. I-LEAD designed ACE to address the primary barriers adults face when pursuing a college degree: time, cost, skills and culture.
I-LEAD coordinates a collaborative of twelve community-based organizations across the SEPA region to deliver the program. As of Spring 2015, more than 400 adult learners have earned their Associate’s Degrees through ACE and over five hundred are currently pursuing their degree with graduation rates averaging 70%.

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Workforce Development

Since 2003, I-LEAD has been engaged in workforce development training in the field of public health, serving predominantly minority neighborhoods throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The aim of these programs is to diversify the healthcare workforce by educating residents about available careers in health care and offering on-ramps into these careers for minorities and citizens whose first language is other than English.