More than 150 people attended a ribbon-cutting at the former YWCA and over $27,000 was raised to support the academy with teachers, classrooms, materials and guides.
The innovative, non-profit college is the brainchild of former Concordia University professor Michelle Jones. Its two-year program has been approved to offer associate’s degrees in self and society.
Currently, only 59 percent of young people who begin college finish within four years. Wayfinding Academy intends to disrupt this model by helping prospective students make informed, intentional choices about their education and learn about themselves and society through a core curriculum. Students will explore different fields of interest with internships and mentorships and graduate with a network, portfolio, and clear next steps in place.
“Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us, especially those who dedicated a piece of the building,” said Jones. “With a community like this, we are well on our way to a revolution in higher education.”
For more information call 503-482-9038 or visit www.wayfindingacademy.org.