Opportunity America

Opportunity America and Lumina Foundation are partnering with Wilder Research to conduct a national study of community college workforce education. 

What are our objectives? 

The study aims to answer the following questions: 

  • How extensive is the workforce education offered today on community college campuses? 
  • How extensive are the workforce programs offered by community college noncredit divisions? 
  • What share of colleges are adopting the innovations seen at pioneering two-year schools, including intensive employer partnerships, shorter job-focused programs and stackable credentials?

Why should you participate? 

At a time of dwindling education spending, the results will be essential information for state and federal policymakers – evidence to support increased funding for workforce education.

Institutions that take part will be entered in a drawing, and three will receive donations of up to $10,000 to fund scholarships for noncredit workforce students. 

Participating institutions will also receive customized reports that allow them to compare their institutions to an aggregate of other colleges that take part – a tool for planning and innovation. The study will be in the field from October 2020 through March 2021. 

What have we learned? 

The study results will be shared during #NACCE2021, NACCE's 2021 Annual Conference shceduled for October 3-6 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In-person and virtual tickets are available. For more information about the NACCE conference, click here