Executive Director's Message
Dear Supporter's and Friends
A recent report conducted by Georgetown University revealed that by the year 2018, nearly 60 percent of all jobs in the state of Ohio will require training or a degree beyond a high school diploma. In Cuyahoga County, less than 30 percent of all residents hold a degree beyond the high school diploma. What we are starting to see in this community is an alarming lack of skilled and educated workers who are ready to fill the employment opportunities available.
BPACF stands ready to partner with local corporations, community organizations and small businesses that have a commitment to educate our future workforce and prepare them to enter the employment market.
Our vision for BPACF over the next five years is to create a college-going culture in Northeast Ohio’s African American community, to promote the many opportunities for professional development and career training in this region, to strengthen our career immersion programs and to encourage more of our youth to remain in Northeast Ohio.
More than 80 percent of our recent classes of scholars are first-generation college students. Like me, these young people will be the first member of their immediate family to graduate college. What an exciting time in their lives!
We need your help to academically, financially and professionally prepare these scholars to compete in the global economy.
To show your support of the mission and vision of BPACF, we ask you to consider a contribution to our scholarship fund or programming.
On behalf of our scholars, I thank you for believing in the power of a solid education, a strong professional network and amazing career development opportunities.
With you in your pursuit of excellence,
Marcella J. Brown,