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About C-PES

Postsecondary education and credentials are key to economic mobility for individuals and economic competitiveness for our nation.  Yet too many low-income adults and disadvantaged youth are locked out of the opportunity to earn credentials and are falling further and further behind.  The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES) advocates for better policies, more investment, and increased political will to address this national challenge and increase the number of low-income adults and disadvantaged youth who earn postsecondary credentials that are essential to opening doors to good jobs, career advancement, and economic mobility.

Explore Our policy Areas Reengineer Education and Skill Development Systems Increase Investment in Services and Capacity Strengthen Data and Accountability Expand Student Financing and Supports

C-PES was developed with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.

To accomplish this, C-PES advocates for policies, investments, and political will at the federal, state and local levels that:

  • Align education, training and support systems—including youth development, adult education, workforce development, career and technical education, higher education, and human services/TANF–toward a shared goal of postsecondary and economic success for low-income adults and disadvantaged youth.

  • Seed and scale up new and more effective interventions so they become the new way of doing business across these education, training and support systems.

Download the C-PES infosheet.

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