Promising Practices Brief: Northern Virginia Community College’s Comprehensive Solution to the Adult College Completion Challenge

This Promising Practices brief is one of a series of reports jointly published by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative and Achieving the Dream based on cases from a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant consortium. Led by Northern Virginia Community College, the consortium includes seven colleges. This report focuses on how the Department of Labor grant helped NOVA build out its Adult Career Pathway initiative to better serve more low-income adult students who otherwise might not access collegecredential programs or succeed in earning a college credential.

AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream chose the topics of these reports based on our observations as managers of the consortium’s peer learning community. Earlier versions of the reports, based on interviews, data, and document reviews at each site, were used as learning cases to benefit grant project leaders and staff within the consortium. AspenWSI and Achieving the Dream are publishing the revised reports as examples of innovative capacity development initiatives that better serve more students as a result of a major, multiyear investment. 

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