ECMC college access curriculum supports $2.1 million federal grant to Nebraska tribal schools

September 16, 2016 — Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) trained more than 50 staffers, school personnel, and other community partners in the Native Students' College Vision Quest (NSCVQ) project in August 2016 to promote college access and career readiness for Native American middle school students in Nebraska tribal schools.

The NSCVQ initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's (Department) $2.1 million, four-year grant to the HoChunk Community Development Corporation (HCCDC) under the Indian Education Demonstration Grants Program to assist disadvantaged Native American youth in grades 4-8 on their reservation in northeastern Nebraska. ECMC provided curriculum and training at no cost to the project. A key component of the initiative is implementing ECMC's Believing the College Dream curriculum and program materials that provide early college access information to low-income, underserved elementary school students.

ECMC provides three free programs aimed at increasing college access and success. The curricula are geared to education professionals working at the middle school to college level and include:

  • Believing the College Dream (grades 4-8)
  • Realizing the College Dream (grades 9-12)
  • PERSIST (college students)

To download a curriculum, schedule a training or for more information, visit

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