Our Economic Opportunity team aims to dramatically increase the attainment of market relevant credentials in order to connect more adults, especially in vulnerable populations, to family-sustaining careers.
- Adults with strong basic skills that enable them to continue their education.
- Employers actively engaged in efforts to increase the relevancy and overall attainment of credentials.
- Educational institutions who structure their services to meet the needs of adult (non-traditional) learners.
- Workers who are able to attain market relevant credentials while working.
- Restructuring basic skills development to prioritize successful transitions to postsecondary education.
- Tailoring postsecondary education and training to adult learner needs through institutional delivery innovations.
- Facilitating the development of robust career navigation and learner supports.
- Building the capacity of institutions to improve the market-relevancy of credentials by validating them with employers through the creation and use of a framework that is competency-based.
- Increasing adoption of employer-based policies and supports that ensure work is not a barrier to credential attainment and that make learning more accessible and feasible for workers.
- Expanding the use and innovation of work-based learning models, such as on-the-job training (OJT), apprenticeships, internships, subsidized jobs, etc.
- Building agreement and collective action among employers on the criteria and processes needed to effectively assess learning outcomes to ensure credentials are increasingly validated and trusted in the labor market.