Advisory & Capacity Building Services


One Million Degrees has a proven, evidence-based model for increasing community college student success. From promoting transfer to four-year universities to encouraging career readiness and job placement, the OMD model drives academic and career success. 

As part of our growing mission, OMD seeks to partner with like-minded institutions looking to grow sustainable talent pathways for students through and beyond community college.

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OMD’s approach to partnership allows us to tailor our approach to organizational challenges across the country.

Community colleges and the organizations that support them face a range of challenges: enrollment and persistence challenges, transfer protocols and strong career pathways, and more. 


OMD’s proven model and years of experience embedding sustainable support services in community colleges allow us to help our partners tackle our joint challenges in effective, measurable, scalable ways.

Strategic Planning & Recruitment

OMD can help you create your strategic plan, identify key institutional partners and collaborators, and delineate roles for each. 

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We will work with you to determine the right program for your institutions’ goals, including target student populations, duration of interventions, career pathway integrations, and paths to scale.

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OMD will lead training, preparing key administrators and staff to implement the program model and provide supporting programmatic infrastructure.   

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Just as we’ve done with our own direct service model, OMD will ensure fidelity to our evidence-based model and rigorously assess impact. 



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our model is proven

Learn more about how our program is a national model for scalable student support services.

We’ve pursued rigorous external research and evaluation of our program. To evaluate our impact, we embarked on a randomized control trial (RCT) study with the University of Chicago’s Inclusive Economy Lab in 2017, finding that OMD scholars are 73% more likely to earn a degree and 94% more likely to persist from the fall to spring semesters.

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Case studies

We listed types of support you gain access to when you become an OMD Scholar below.
Our holistic, research-driven support model directly impacts the City Colleges of Chicago students we serve and serves as a national model for driving community college student success.  


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Learn about how our advisory and capacity building services could be the right fit. 

David Scherer

David Scherer

One Million Degrees Co-founder 

David is principal of Origin, co-chairs the Investment Committee, and oversees investment analysis, acquisition and asset management. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, and asset management. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, which has raised $20 million to help low-income community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. David has served as the organization’s Board Chair for the past 12 years, as the organization has grown from 30 to 1,000 students served per year. He also serves as the President of the Harvard Club of Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of Invest for Kids.  

Rose Lizarraga

Rose Lizarraga

OMD CO-Founder & President & CEO, Lysa LLC

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, Rose’s career also includes 10 years spent developing new product and brand strategies as well as marketing and advertising campaigns at Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding, M&M/Mars and other small businesses.  More recently, she worked as a writer/editor for Modern Luxury Inc., publishers of magazines such as CS and Angeleno.  Rose graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with dual degrees in English and Political Science.  She is a founding member of the Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation, former Board Vice President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation, and currently serves on the Chicago committee for Human Rights Watch.

Michael B Golden

Michael B. Golden

One Million Degrees Co-Founder 

A former national award-winning broadcast journalist, Michael Golden has also served as a political campaign manager and communications strategist for U.S. Presidential, Senate and Congressional races. Michael is a fellow at the British-American Project and the Open Society Institute. In 1999, Michael’s investigative and public affairs reporting for NBC earned him honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the AP, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2011, Michael co-founded Newsbound, Inc., a media and software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a co-founder of the Complete the Degree back-to-college initiative in Chicago, Illinois. Michael serves on the board of the ADL and on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, as well as the Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University.