Talent Hub 2017-10-10T14:24:34+00:00

The Richmond Region Designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation because of Bridging Richmond Partners

Released September 25, 2017

About Talent Hubs Lumina Foundation logo

Talent Hubs are communities that organize and align themselves to create multiple pathways to postsecondary success that lead to employment.  They also work to retain, attract and cultivate talent to improve equity and regional economic competitiveness.  The Talent Hub designation is conferred by Lumina Foundation in partnership with the Kresge Foundation.

Talent Hubs aim to significantly accelerate community and regional attainment efforts.  Designated communities will improve the ecosystem in which students follow the pathway to, through, and out of their postsecondary experience with a high-quality credential that leads to employment.  Bridging Richmond is the lead partnership for the Richmond, VA Talent Hub.

The Richmond, VA Talent Hub

Bridging Richmond partners, including United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, John Tyler Community College, Reynolds Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University, developed the Talent Hub application and work plan.  A 3.5 year award of $350,000 and technical assistance from Lumina Foundation come with the Talent Hub designation.

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The Opportunity

There are a large number of adults in our region with some college credits but no degree, particularly people of color and low income-earners.  When students transfer from a 2-year to a 4-year institution before receiving an associate degree and don’t complete a bachelor’s degree, they may have completed or be close to completing an associate degree without knowing it.  There are currently no policies in place in Central Virginia for a process known as “reverse transfer” – “an attempt to transfer back credits from a four-year college to the community college from which currently degree-less students had come.” (Source)  Richmond has the opportunity to help returning adults receive support needed to complete their associate or bachelor’s degrees.

The Strategies

Adults who have not completed their degrees may have stopped short of applying for a diploma or completing the last few credits for multiple reasons.  Completion grants, coordinated social and financial supports, and developmental math are three of the strategies to support the students once they’re identified by the partnering 4-year and community colleges.  Bridging Richmond Talent Hub higher education partners are committed to improving their policies and practices so that these adults can significantly accelerate their degree attainment to enhance their talent and career.

The Impact

Bridging Richmond Talent Hub partners are dedicated to improving equity in education and workforce participation as a means of reducing poverty, improving social mobility, and ensuring that the region is economically competitive.

About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.  We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials.  Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.  For more information, visit www.luminafoundation.org.

About The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit.  In 2016, the Board of Trustees approved 474 grants totaling $141.5 million, and made 14 social investment commitments totaling $50.8 million. For more information, visit www.kresge.org.

Press Releases

United Way & Bridging Richmond Press Release
Lumina Foundation Press Release
The Kresge Foundation Press Release