Working learners are the solution to so many of our problems in the United States. Instead, we tend to "problematize" them as not fitting clearly into either "working" or "learning" based on outdated ideas about education and career development. We have expertise in models that are already changing how we work and learn. When we work together, the result will add to the larger knowledge set so that more working learners will benefit. Here are examples of how we help our clients.
Supporting the Building Pathways to Economic Opportunity Initiative
New Jersey Community College Consortium
Provide professional development, coaching, and technical assistance to New Jersey community college administrators and faculty to educate key leaders about the challenges and opportunities to implementing successful prior learning assessment strategies and assist with the implementation of a non-credit to credit transition framework.
A Plan to Expand Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth in Kentucky
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Provide guidance to Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and Cabinet for Economic Development on a proposed strategy to create small business incubators across the Commonwealth. The statewide plan in response to COVID-19 will serve the entrepreneurial community and help grow Kentucky’s small business economy.
Crafting National Strategies to Improve Transfer Student Mobility
American Council on Education
Carry out research to inform the American Council on Education (ACE) National Task Force on Transfer of Credit comprised of college and university presidents. Facilitate task force meetings and deliberations which inform recommendations to improve the transfer of credit and changes to institutional policies and practices.
Creating a Statewide Plan to Serve Working Learners in North Carolina
University of North Carolina System
Help UNC to create a statewide strategic vision that focuses on developing new models for postsecondary attainment that allow the state's higher education institutions to better meet the needs of working learners.
A Case Study of the TranZed Academy for Working Students
Children's Guild Alliance
Conduct qualitative research to include stakeholder interviews to document the model and features that served students well during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research and final paper may illuminate how the TAWS model can be more broadly applicable to a wider range of students.
Creating a Framework for Enhancing Career-Relevant Teaching
American Council on Education
Author a white paper commissioned by the American Council on Education (ACE) to investigate what faculty need to embed career guidance into the classroom and the instructional elements known to facilitate greater adaptivity for students to succeed in future work and learning
SkillsMatchTN: A Skills Marketplace for Tennessee’s Workforce
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Mobilize a coalition of employers, community leaders, and economic, education, and workforce agencies to develop a skills-matching marketplace concept to connect Tennesseans with short-term, industry-aligned credentials. The marketplace will clarify career pathways and enable Tennessee to upskill and reskill unemployed and underemployed workers and accelerate the process to fill in-demand roles.
A Digital Tech Upskilling Solution for the Nation's Capital Region
Greater Washington Partnership
Identify regional digital technology skills gaps, and university and employer capacity constraints to develop an upskilling model for incumbent workers in the National Capital Region. Craft an upskilling strategy for the Greater Washington Partnership's Capital CoLAB to address regional digital technology upskilling and reskilling needs.
Developing a Strategy for Alternative Credit and Credentials
A National Education Services Company
Analyze the portfolio of educational products and services for a publicly-traded national education services company to identify optimal pathways for learners to earn alternative credit and identify potential skills-based alternative credentials.