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Report Examines Adult College Completion through the Workforce Investment System

Rutgers University School for Management and Labor Relations and the National Association of Workforce Boards, with funding from Lumina Foundation, established the Adult College Completion (ACC) project, which is examining the feasibility of promoting college completion through the workforce investment system in four states—Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania—including policies that help or hinder the goal. These workforce investment systems are largely shaped by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which often has focused more on providing workforce training than on supporting credential completion. This report specifically looks at eligible or approved provider lists and how they can facilitate or impede completion. Potential solutions include expanding provider lists to include community colleges and universities with degree programs aligned to demand occupations, building relationships between workforce agencies and colleges and universities, and looking at how institutions can expand their offerings to meet workforce needs. Read more >