Funders & Partners

Breaking Through

Helping Colleges Advance Low-Skilled Adults into Careers

Strengthening community college efforts to help low-skilled adults enter and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs that lead to family-supporting careers.

Nate Anderson
Senior Director
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Funders & Partners

Breaking Through is a collaboration of Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education.

Jobs for the Future works with our partners to design and drive the adoption of education and career pathways leading from college readiness to career advancement for those struggling to succeed in today’s economy.

NCWE is a private, nonprofit, professional organization committed to promoting excellence and growth in workforce education at the postsecondary level. An affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCWE provides a national forum for administrators and faculty in occupational, vocational, technical, and career education as well as representatives of business, labor, military, and government, to affect and direct the future role of two-year and other postsecondary institutions in work-related education.


Multiple funders have provided support to the Breaking Through network since its inception. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supported the initial Breaking Through colleges in their efforts to create programs that help low-skilled adults prepare for and succeed in community college occupational and technical degree programs. The Ford Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education have supported Breaking Through state policy efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded data collection, documentation, and scale-up efforts at five community colleges, as well as peer-learning activities across the initiative. The Walmart Foundation has supported technical assistance to the Tribal Colleges network and the North Carolina state network. Currently, Breaking Through efforts in Massachusetts and Texas are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.