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The Kalamazoo Promise looks to best use help from national Lumina Foundation

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Things are ramping up for the Kalamazoo Promise, thanks to recently announced help from a national education foundation. The Lumina Foundation, a group with a goal of increasing the number of students who earn college degrees, named the Kalamazoo Promise as one of the entities to be getting its expert assistance in the coming years in the form of technical and consulting aid. Now, the job is to decide locally in just how that will work.

Janice Brown, a former director for the Promise, says that Promise leaders are now in discussions on that very subject. She says that Lumina is quite flexible, and isn't imposing any mandates of its own, and that's helpful. Brown expects the partnership between Lumina and the Promise to ultimately be fruitful.

The goal is to get 60 percent of local residents holding a college degree by 2025. Brown says that college attendance in the Kalamazoo area has already been up since the Promise was announced, but with additional help from the Lumina Foundation, things could get even better.