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Corporate Voices Receives $1.6 Million Attainment Grant From the Gates Foundation to Boost Postsecondary Attainment and Will Continue to Engage the Business Community

WASHINGTON Feb. 8, 2011

$1.6 million

Hilary Pennington

In today’s economy, young adults need some form of postsecondary degree or training to succeed in the workplace and in life. Over the coming decade, employers will need to fill millions of job openings that require both experience and a postsecondary credential. With more than 75 percent of college students holding down a job while going to school, businesses can play a critical role in helping their employees complete college.

Stephen M. Wing

"This workforce education initiative will effectively address the unique need of low-income young adults to simultaneously work and continue their education by identifying employer-supported learn and earn models," Wing says. "Entry-level low-income workers are often trapped – blocked from pursing traditional education paths because they have to work and blocked from career goals because they do not have postsecondary certifications."


From an ‘Ill-Prepared’ to a Well-Prepared Workforce: The Shared Imperatives for Employers and Community Colleges to Collaborate

As we invest in community colleges to ensure America’s economic future, the Corporate Voices’ paper explores the innovative collaborations between employers and community colleges, and finds that they can and do play a positive role in increasing workforce readiness skills and college completion rates. Importantly, these partnerships enable young people to successfully combine postsecondary education and work.

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Corporate Voices, formed in 2001 to engage the business community in public and corporate policy issues involving working families, has a track record of success in identifying employer-supported learn and earn models through its workforce readiness body of work and its longstanding relationships with more than 50 best-practice partner companies and a network of strategic outreach partners.

For Corporate Voices for Working Families

Rob Jewell

Vice President of Communications

[email protected]


SOURCE Corporate Voices for Working Families

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