North Lake College has been named an Achieving the Dream’s 2015 Leader College, a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. Only 19 colleges earned this honor in 2015.

“We are so pleased to have been honored as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. This distinction signals that North Lake has been recognized nationally as a college that directs attention, support and resources to helping more students be successful,” college president Christa Slejko said in a news release.

North Lake College joined Achieving the Dream in 2010. With support from the Meadows Foundation, the college has implemented strategies to improve student success, close achievement gaps and increase retention, persistence and completion rates.

The 2015 Leader Colleges are making strides in the national movement to increase student completion and close achievement gaps. With the guidance of Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges not only systemically change the way they operate, but also implement key student supports that align with their overall policies and institutional systems, such as college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student-success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, and intensive, individualized advising.

Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain Leader College status. For a list of other 2015 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges and more information about the program, visit

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