Pittsburgh among 20 U.S. cities to win extra funding to promote post-secondary degrees

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Pittsburgh is one of 20 U.S. cities to receive a grant and guidance from the Lumina Foundation to help increase the number of local residents who attain post-secondary degrees.

In a press release this morning, the foundation announced it will give Pittsburgh as much as $200,000 across the next three years. The Pittsburgh Promise administer the money. That organization provides college tuition money for graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools who achieve certain academic, behavior and attendance goals.

Through the initiative, Pittsburgh will be eligible up to $200,000 based on its achievement of goals set by Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

In addition to the funding, Pittsburgh will receive guidance to help reach the goal by national partners including the American Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Institution, Institute for Higher Education Policy and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.

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