Webinar: Helping Low-Income Adults and Disadvantaged Youth Earn Credentials and Build Careers: Leading Foundations Speak about Policy Priorities

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Description of the Event:
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.  To combat this national challenge, CLASP has launched a new project, the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES) and kicked off the initiative with a policy discussion featuring thought leaders from the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. Each of these foundations has made improving postsecondary access and success a top priority. During this webinar, they discuss their specific policy priorities for helping lower-income adults and disadvantaged youth obtain postsecondary credentials and achieve economic mobility.

Featured Speakers:
Hector Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Asset Building and Community Development Program
Ford Foundation

Hilary Pennington
Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, and Special Initiatives
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Whitney Smith
Employment Program Manager
Joyce Foundation

Julie Strawn (Co-Moderator)
Senior Fellow, Workforce Development

Evelyn Ganzglass (Co-Moderator)
Director, Workforce Development

Learn more about the state policy initiatives referenced during this webinar:

Shifting Gears

Oregon Career Pathways

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

Washington State I-BEST