Partners for Postsecondary Success

For generations of Americans, the high school diploma delivered on the value of an education. It gave you a ticket to the American Dream. That meant a steady job to support your family and a chance to launch a career. But now, high school is no longer enough. The median wage for workers with no college is now close to the poverty line for a family of four. That leaves only one path out of poverty: education—a college education. Whether it comes as a Certificate, an Associate's degree, or a Bachelor's degree, a postsecondary credential is the best bridge between poor students and good jobs.

The Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS), an MDC Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recognizes the seriousness of the fact that while college enrollment has grown nearly 35 percent since the 1970's, college completion rates have faltered dramatically during the same time period. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated funds to various organizations including PPS to address the problem of young people enrolling in college but failing to get a certificate or degree. The PPS team is led by the United Way of Brownsville and includes the Brownsville Independent School District, University of Texas–Brownsville, Texas Southmost College, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, Brownsville Economic Development Corporation and VIDA. The PPS-Brownsville's plan was funded and the work has commenced to double the number of young adults (ages 16-26) who earn a postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025.