THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS CHANGING.
Yesterday’s solutions will not solve tomorrow’s challenges. These changes require that we train tomorrow’s leaders in a way that leverages technology for creative and dynamic problem solving. History has demonstrated how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can drive transformative change and elevate the way people of color see and experience the world. Propel Center will serve as a catalytic epicenter of learning that provides HBCU students with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources necessary to transform our nation’s talent pipeline and workforce. Our vision is to build generations of black leaders who advance equity and justice through technology, entrepreneurship, education and social impact.
WHERE WE PROPEL
The AUC* Hub
The Virtual Campus
More than ever, technology is needed to connect students to learning. Propel provides virtual access to best-in-class learning experiences through a state-of-the-art online digital platform that will be accessible to every HBCU student located anywhere across America, or even the world. With a commitment to increasing learner engagement, Propel will use this technology to engage students in virtual master classes delivered by the nation’s most respected faculty in higher education and the world’s most influential business minds across industries and entrepreneurship. We envision using this technology to engage thought leaders like Spike Lee, Jack Ma, Lisa Jackson and Tom Fanning, and then connect them to students to broaden what they believe is possible. Through Propel's virtual campus, HBCU students can learn from anywhere.
PREPARE WITH PROPEL
Too many students leave college with debt but no degree. Located at college extension sites across the country, Propel Pathway is a one-year program for low-income high school graduates who are college-capable, but not yet college-ready. We provide low GPA students with the academic support and wraparound services to access, persist, and succeed in college – all at no cost. Students earn transferable college credits and receive hundreds of hours of intensive tutoring and counseling to ensure they complete our program college-ready and career-ready.
Propel Arts & Entertainment
Propel is an unprecedented opportunity to prepare the next generation of African Americans for leadership in the innovation economy. By joining forces with all HBCUs and collaborating deeply with leading technology-focused employers, Propel will prepare large numbers of civic-minded students to shape the future through innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Gene Wade
Meet Our CEO
Gene Wade has a multi-decade year career as a leading social entrepreneur building innovative education organizations. Prior to Propel, Gene was founder and CEO of Honors Pathway, an organization that enabled low-income students to attend their first year of college at no cost.
Gene also founded and led several social ventures, including One University Network, which partnered with universities in sub-saharan Africa to offer college degrees via mobile devices; UniversityNow, which developed a self-paced online learning management system designed to lower the cost of higher education that was acquired and is currently serving hundreds of thousands of online students; Platform Learning, which developed a network of free after school tutoring programs that served over 50,000 low-income students; and LearnNow, the first national network of public charter schools founded and led by African Americans. He also serves on several non-profit boards, including the Pahara Institute, Portal Schools, and Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
Gene's work has been profiled by numerous news publications, including Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Fast Company, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2011, he shared his personal story and vision for higher education at TEDx San Francisco.
Gene holds a BA from Morehouse College, JD from Harvard Law School, and MBA from The Wharton School.