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Building Career Ladders for Low-Income People

Aspen Institute

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $1,200,000
  • Grant Period February 1, 2010–February 28, 2011
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

This grant to the Aspen Institute will continue to support a national demonstration. This project will document the activities and outcomes of six community college, nonprofit collaborations, including Mott Community College and Flint Strive, that employ sectoral approaches to employment development. The selected initiatives will provide a mix of academic and nonacademic services to low-income adult students in order to help them enter employment and/or advance within a specified industry sector. The project will provide a learning forum for these selected initiatives that will allow for the exploration of key aspects to forming, expanding, and sustaining this type of industry-focused collaborative effort. The key lessons that emerge from this learning, and the outcomes the projects achieve, will be broadly communicated to program leaders in the community college and nonprofit worlds, as well as to policymakers and program investors.