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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

The First Year of Accelerating Opportunity: Implementation Findings from the States and Colleges

Theresa Anderson, Lauren Eyster, Robert I. Lerman—The Urban Institute; Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway, Marcela Montes—The Aspen Institute

Download the Year One Implementation Report

Beginning in 2012, the Accelerating Opportunity initiative provided $1.6 million in grants to five states. The grants were to help community colleges create career pathway programs to enroll students with low basic skills into for-credit career and technical education courses to improve their educational and employment outcomes. A rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of Accelerating Opportunity includes a non-experimental impact study, an implementation study, and a cost-benefit analysis. This first report provides key findings on the pathways, students, resources, partnerships, culture shifts, and policy developments from the first year of implementation of the initiative.

See the year two implementation report and student success stories: