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Adult Learners

States are using fast, short-term credentials to get workers back on their feet

In recent years, the debates about proposals to expand the federal Pell Grant program to pay for short-term workforce programs offered at community colleges have been lively. Several states have taken matters into their own hands, using federal stimulus dollars to provide aid to adult learners seeking short-term certificates and certifications. These state initiatives offer essential…
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Holly Zanville, Ph.D., served at Lumina Foundation for nearly 15 years. Her most recent work at the foundation focused on a newly emerging work-and-learn ecosystem, including the networks and partnerships, collective action initiatives, and research related to workforce-education alignment, credentialing, and quality assurance.

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The nation’s largest community college system prepares for the future

A new report from the Institute for the Future (IFTF) examines the California Community Colleges’ Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy initiative. The system is using a “solutions network" approach to transform community colleges. The network described in the report connects resources across institutions, eliminates waste, redundancy, and silos, and shares lessons from campuses to quickly…
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