Avenue Scholars

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Ken Bird, Ed.D., President/CEO
Primary Contact Name
Lindsay Decker
Main Address

2121 N. 117th Avenue
Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68164
United States

United States

What We Do

Avenue Scholars, the leader in bridging the gap between education and business, guarantees careers for our youth of hope and need through supportive relationships, individualized coaching, education, and training. Avenue Scholars provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help Omaha-area students identify, prepare for, and ultimately enter financially sustaining, high-demand careers requiring an associate degree or less. Programming begins in the student’s junior year of high school and continues uninterrupted through postsecondary training and for six months following career entry. Program eligibility is based on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches or a federal Pell Grant), interest in pursuing a high-demand career requiring an associate degree or less, and attendance at an Avenue Scholars partner high school. Each student is assigned a Career Coach at both the high school and postsecondary/career levels of the program to guide their personal and career-related development during the junior and senior years of high school (High School Career Coach) and during postsecondary training and into career entry (Postsecondary Career Coach). Students attending Metropolitan Community College also receive support from MCC College Success Navigators, who assist students with college-related issues (course enrollment, financial aid, academic support, etc.). Additionally, Avenue Scholars’ Business Outreach Team engages area businesses to provide career awareness, exploration, and employment opportunities, while its Student Support Team provides individualized support to help students address basic life and social/emotional needs. In addition to staff support, students who complete Avenue Scholars' high school program are afforded a scholarship to continue their education at MCC at little to no cost, in combination with eligible Pell Grant assistance, through the generous support of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation and MCC.

Interesting Info
  • Avenue Scholars has served 3,700 students since its inception in 2008.
  • Avenue Scholars students are employed in approximately 430 businesses in the Omaha area.
  • Avenue Scholars seeks to connect youth with gainful employment opportunities while address high-demand workforce needs in the Omaha community.
Geographic Location