Workforce Preparation

Aligning skills with workforce needs by fast-tracking students to high growth careers and family-sustaining wages.

America is slowly coming out of the Recession of 2007—only to find itself on a collision course with the future: not enough Americans are completing college.” 
—Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce

By 2018, America will fall short of the demand for 22 million new college degrees and 4.7 million new workers with post-secondary degrees; that gap translates to a shortage of 300,000 college graduates, every year, between 2008-2018.*

A robust economy depends upon a highly-skilled workforce. As the key to restoring the middle class, community colleges must prepare American workers for the changing demands of the labor market.

Achieving the Dream’s core principles of committed leadership, broad engagement with a focus on student-centered supports, data-informed decision-making, and sustainable systemic institutional change—all with an unrelenting focus on equity and excellence—serve as the backbone principles of our approach to workforce preparation.

Through ongoing and coordinated efforts with the U.S. Department of Labor, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Northeast Resiliency Consortium and others, Achieving the Dream and its partners are dedicated to preparing a qualified and resilient future workforce for high-skill, high-wage employment. Together, we are co-developing training programs and educational pathways in Information Technology, Health Care, Environmental Sciences and other key industry-growth sectors of the regional and national economy.

*Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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