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Avenica and TheDream.US Announce Strategic Partnership

Katie Drews

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Avenica and TheDream.US announce strategic partnership to create career pathways for DREAMers through career readiness coaching, upskilling, and connections to career opportunities.

Avenica, a national leader in workforce solutions focused on bridging the gap between education and work, and TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, are proud to announce their strategic partnership to create career pathways for DREAMers through career readiness coaching, upskilling, and connections to career opportunities.

TheDream.US, whose supporters range from The Graham Family, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The PepsiCo Foundation, among many others, was founded by Graham Holdings Company CEO Donald E. Graham, his wife, journalist Amanda Bennett, Democratic activist and philanthropist Henry R. Muñoz III, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. TheDream.US is the first multimillion-dollar National Scholarship Fund created to help immigrant students who came to this country as children achieve the American Dream. Scholarships from TheDream.US fund the completion of a college education.

We are announcing this partnership on the heels of the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived to the US as children from deportation and enables them to legally work. The goal of this partnership is to help TheDream.US Scholars connect to meaningful careers and contribute to the economic prosperity of our country.

“As U.S. businesses begin to rebuild their workforces post the pandemic, they are seeking diverse and often overlooked talent. DREAMers have the qualities employers seek — they’re entrepreneurial, determined to succeed, often bilingual, and eager to contribute to strengthening our companies and enriching our communities. All DREAMers need is the opportunity – and our partnership with Avenica will provide this,” says Candy Marshall, President of TheDream.US.

This partnership will provide TheDream.US’ college seniors and recent graduates access to a robust offering through the Avenica’s Pathways program which will include individualized career prep, high-impact training opportunities, and career discovery assessment designed to identify right-fit career paths.

“We’re not only proud to stand in support of DACA and the hundreds of thousands of people it protects, we’re proud to partner with TheDream.US to provide career resources and support to this overlooked and growing talent pool of college educated DREAMers who are eager to contribute to a country that is their home,” responded Scott Dettman, CEO, Avenica.

About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s prosperity. Read TheDream.US response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on DACA here.

About Avenica

Avenica is an innovative education-to-work platform focused on bridging the skills gap to connect more people to better career opportunities. Through high-impact training and a comprehensive career discovery process, Avenica has helped thousands of people kickstart meaningful careers.

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