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.
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.