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.

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.

Local Workforce Systems

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.