TORCH receives prestigious College Connector certification


Northfield’s Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) initiative is one of only 10 college access programs in the state to earn the “College Connector” certification from the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).  Certified programs are commended for their work in and commitment to promoting college access for ALL students, including young people who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. 

TORCH and the other nine programs were recognized by MMEP at its annual meeting last week in St. Paul.  TORCH presented its college access model to elected officials and community leaders from across the state.

Now in its 6th year, TORCH works to increase the high school graduation and college attendance rates of Northfield’s low-income and minority students, as well as students who would be first-generation college attendees.  More than 250 Northfield youth in grades 6-12 participate in TORCH, plus over 100 high school graduates.

Congratulations to the TORCH project on their trailblazing efforts!  TORCH is supported by funding from the Northfield Area United Way, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Blandin Foundation, Women In Northfield Giving Support, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and the Xcel Energy Foundation.