Research & Resources
Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity: Final Implementation Findings with Lessons from the Field (May 2016)
About the Report
Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity is the latest of a series of evaluation reports on the Accelerating Opportunity initiative.
This final implementation report was published in partnership with the Urban Institute and documents activities and outcomes for Accelerating Opportunity (AO) states and colleges in Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana. The AO initiative aims to help students with low basic skills earn occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers. Ingredients for successful implementation included receiving state leadership support, remedying policy barriers, considering college institutional factors, investing in team teaching and contextualized instruction, utilizing partnerships within and outside the colleges, and providing student supports.
These findings may be of particular interest to state policymakers and colleges planning for the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides new opportunities for integrated career pathway development within states and colleges.
We invite all those interested in improving workforce development for low- and moderate-income workers, to download Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity.
About Accelerating Opportunity
Launched in 2011 under the management and guidance of Jobs for the Future, Accelerating Opportunity combines integrated career pathways at two-year colleges with team teaching, acceleration strategies, supportive services, and policy changes.
Jobs for the Future contracted with the Urban Institute, the Aspen Institute and the George Washington University to carry out an independent evaluation of Accelerating Opportunity. Since 2012, AspenWSI has been co-leading the implementation component of the evaluation with the Urban Institute.
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