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The Education Fund SmartPath Program

Valley National Bank - Miami, Florida

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Financial Education
  • Asset Size: Medium

Started in 2008, The Education Fund's SmartPath program is an initiative that empowers low-income and first-generation students in five public, Title I senior high schools in Miami-Dade to graduate and successfully prepare for college and careers. The program's focus is to embed a college-going culture in high schools, which is achieved by engaging the students in hands on college experiences and college readiness activities. The pilot schools achieved a 34% increase in college enrollment, and since an expansion in 2013, there has been a continued 21% increase in college enrollment rates across all SmartPath schools.