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MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

Dougherty Family College is turning the traditional model of higher education on its head. This groundbreaking college was created to remove financial barriers that could prevent students from achieving their goals of attaining four-year degrees. While maintaining the same standard of excellence as St. Thomas' four-year program, Dougherty Family College is making a college education affordable and accessible for driven, promising students who demonstrate high financial need.
Minnesota ranks fourth in the U.S. for jobs requiring a four-year degree, making a college education more valuable than ever for our workforce. Dougherty Family College equips students with the financial, academic, and social supports they need to earn their associate's degree in liberal arts. Beyond the classroom, our Professional Internship Program affords students the opportunity to develop professional skills and real-world experience with exposure to different industries and careers. It's the first step on their way to reaching their potential and ultimately earning a four-year degree at the University of St. Thomas or another college of their choice.

Contact

Emily Wingfield

Director of Development, DFC
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Phone Number
(651) 962-8014
95%
Students of Color
55
High Schools Represented
15
Languages Spoken

I wanted to attend DFC because paying for college was always a concern to me. I’ve always thought about the idea of going to college, and DFC made that happen for me. I developed discipline, time management skills and perseverance.

Jasmin '20 AA
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Meet the Dean

With an extensive background as an educator and administrator for nonprofits that support underserved communities, Alvin Abraham is a perfect fit as the founding dean, executive director and Eugene and Mary Frey Endowed Chair in the Dougherty Family College. Since becoming dean in May of 2017, Abraham has played a crucial role in launching the college and supporting the inaugural class of students through graduation. When announcing Abraham as dean, St. Thomas Executive Vice President and Provost Richard Plumbs described Abraham as a visionary leader whose "leadership in culturally responsive teaching, combined with formalized systems ... have driven academic growth and been recognized for closing achievement gaps for racially and ethnically diverse student populations."

When I was first introduced to the Dougherty Family College program and met the young adults who were part of it, I actually saw myself in their faces. I saw the same hope that I had at their age; hope that someone would believe in me and my potential. Supporting DFC has given us an opportunity to cultivate future leaders and build an incredible pipeline to important new talent.

Greg Cunningham, Chief Diversity Officer, US Bank
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Providing Hope

For many students, including Leslie Nicolas '19 AA, a college education was a dream that seemed too expensive to attain. "Everything we were worrying about in my family, it was (covered at DFC), and it gave me hope," says Nicolas. See how a Dougherty Family College education is changing lives every single day.

The Cohort Model

A key element of a Dougherty Family College experience gaining national attention is its cohort model. About 25 students take every class together, which creates a support system and community throughout the two-year program. They are motivated and encouraged by their peers to be the best that they can be. See how in the midst of crisis, Dougherty Family College students came together to make the most of their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I met a lot of people at DFC from different backgrounds who were as goal-driven as me, which really pushed me to be better.

Alvin '20 AA

Areas of Need

More Than Tuition

As always, our top priority is making DFC affordable and accessible for the students who need it most. Academic scholarships for current and prospective students are the most effective way to bring down costs and provide students a pathway to a four-year degree.

Gap Costs

The cost of education is more than tuition. At DFC, we cover those outside costs by providing textbooks, laptops, Metro Transit passes, and meal plans for our students who travel from all over the metro area to come to class. Gap scholarships help cover the costs of these materials and ensure that DFC students can focus entirely on their classes.

Beyond the Classroom

Graduating from Dougherty Family College isn't the end of our students' journeys, it's just the beginning. Our goal is to help our students complete their four-year degree after graduation whether that is at St. Thomas or another school. Persistence scholarships reward our talented students for all the hard work they've already done and motivate them to continue on their path toward a bachelor's degree.
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