Our Mission

Educate, train, and empower young people in rural communities to reinvent their local economies for 21st century success by supporting them from the first day of Pre-K through postsecondary success and into the start of a meaningful career.

Our Vision

CEN’s aim is to break the cycle of generational poverty in rural America and promote multi-generational prosperity.  We believe fostering a college and career focus, promoting a culture of educational attainment (degrees and industry certifications), and transforming educational delivery systems is the surest path to those ends. 

Our Values

Rural Matters

We believe in the talent and potential of ALL rural students to contribute to the prosperity of their community, country, and world.

Success for all students requires a P20 culture shift

We believe in an integrated approach that raises aspirations and expectations for all students from the moment they first set foot in a classroom to the day they start high-wage, high-demand careers.

Education must constantly adapt to the changing world

We're committed to real-world learning and 1:1 support, preparing students for a life of choice and impact.

Education is a Life-long Community Effort

When we harness the connectivity, resourcefulness, and grit of rural America, we develop promising communities through education and career potential.

Education Doesn't Work in Silos

Through economies of scale, and the connection of passionate educators, we can do more for students as a dynamic network than we can do for them alone.