Leroy Werkhoven and Barbara Peterson, co-founders of NLA Group, have over 20 years of experience working with school districts in Washington state to develop strong curriculums, programs, and partnerships.
NLA partners have extensive experience with K-12 reform and college outreach programs, with connections to the state's network of 33 community and technical colleges, public and private 4-year universities.
NLA consults with school districts to design effective programs of college outreach for middle school and high school students. College outreach components include age/grade appropriate planning activities (portfolios) administered both in-school and after school, mentoring and tutoring using college students and other adults, structured after school programs, and visitations to college campuses. Parent involvement is encouraged and integrated into programs.
Since 1999, NLA has been transforming the lives of rural learners using innovative strategies that inspire students of all ages to believe that they can excel academically and achieve ambitious life goals. Supported by funding partners such as GEAR UP, 21st Century and the Gates Foundation, NLA develops and delivers effective after-school programs and educational resources to schools, colleges and community organizations so that students from low-income families will be able reap the benefits of higher education.