Credentials to Careers

Achieving the Dream is a technical assistance partner with Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) in the Credentials to Careers (C2C) national consortium, led by Northern Virginia Community College. The C2C initiative builds innovative career pathway training programs in STEM-related occupations that are accessible to economically struggling workers in seven different U.S. communities, particularly those affected by job loss due to global trade. Aspen WSI, with key contributions from Achieving the Dream, manages peer learning meetings twice annually for program representatives from the seven sites, and provides additional ongoing technical assistance to help site managers continually improve their programs.

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  • This Promising Practices brief is one of a series of reports jointly published by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) 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 brief focuses on how the grant helped spur Mott Community College to institutionalize the use of Pell Grants to fund noncredit job training and expand college services for noncredit students.

    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 for each site, were used as learning cases with grant project leaders and staff within the consortium. These updated published briefs provide the field with examples of innovative capacity-development initiatives that better serve more students as a result of a major, multiyear investment.

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  • 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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  • This Promising Practices brief is one of a series of reports jointly published by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) 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 describes how Austin Community College (ACC) focused on teaching and learning by flipping the classroom to strengthen student progression into health science programs of study. 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. Aspen WSI and Achieving the Dream are publishing the revised reports as examples of the innovative capacity development initiatives that better serve more students as a result of a major, multiyear investment. 

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  • Working Together and Making a Difference, a report co-published by Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative and Achieving the Dream, follows the process of launching and expanding a partnership between Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys in Roanoke, VA. 

    The case study explores the advantages to each organization of acquiring new capabilities through a partnership rather than developing them separately and doesn’t shy away from describing the challenges.

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