Bottom Line Receives Technology Award at NCAN Conference

September 30, 2015
By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

On Wednesday at the National College Access Network’s annual conference in Orlando, College Board President David Coleman presented the Personalized Learning Award of Excellence to Bottom Line, which serves students in Massachusetts, Chicago, and New York City. The award, which includes a $5,000 donation, recognizes an NCAN member for incorporating technology into its college access/success program without losing sight of the importance of human mentorship. 

While committed to the fundamental importance of the student-counselor relationship, Bottom Line has prioritized the development of technology to increase its capacity, improve efficiency, and work with greater numbers of students. The organization’s custom-built, regularly updated database is the cornerstone of the day-to-day workflow of counselors and managers.  Through the database, counselors track indicators and milestones related to degree attainment, employability, financial aid, and life skills, which feed individualized service plans for each student, each semester. 

Since 2012, technology has helped Bottom Line almost doubled its high school program and triple its college program, and the organization projects it will assist more than 6,000 in 2016-17. Best of all, its college completion rates are rising to well above 80 percent, a remarkable achievement by its students.

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