Accelerating Opportunity

Launched in 2011, the Accelerating Opportunity, or AO, initiative aims to help students who have low basic skills earn valued occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers.

Bridging the Gap

This ongoing project examines the intersection of child care with workforce development and postsecondary education systems, policies, and practices, and the implications for low-income, low-skilled parents seeking education and training.

Changing Community College Systems 

This interactive page provides a variety of systems change strategies community colleges are using to support student success. We define each strategy and discuss different approaches and examples from the field.

Cities of LRNG

Cities of LRNG aims to address the “opportunity gap” for low-income youth and youth of color in cities by supporting expanded access to out-of-school learning opportunities, using digital badges to recognize and connect the learning that occurs in and out of school, and building connections across local learning ecosystems to open up college and career pathways for disadvantaged young people.

Health Profession Opportunity Grants

These federal grants help provide low-income recipients with education and training in the health care field.

How Career Pathways Can Support Career Advancement

In today’s economy, Americans with little or no postsecondary education or training may languish in low-skill, low-wage jobs with few options to advance to higher-paying, more-secure jobs. What does the research tell us about how to help people advance to middle-skill jobs? Our work on career pathways uses evidence to help practitioners, policymakers, and program funders better support career advancement.

Local Workforce Systems Guide

This guide was created to help people understand local workforce systems: what they are, what they do, strategies they use, and how stakeholders connect and collaborate.

Local Workforce Systems Infographic

This infographic provides a basic framework for understanding local workforce systems, the populations they serve, the key organizations involved, and the functions they carry out.

New Skills at Work Assessment

The Urban Institute is informing and assessing JP Morgan Chase’s New Skills at Work initiative, which supports education and training efforts to meet today’s job needs.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program

This grant program aims to help community colleges increase their capacity to provide innovative education and training programs to meet local labor needs.