Connections to Work

In today’s globally competitive economy, low-income students, students of color, opportunity youth, and adult learners need a postsecondary education and work-based learning opportunities to secure family-sustaining jobs and careers. Since the Great Recession, the economy has added 11.6 million jobs. Ninety-nine percent of them have gone to workers with at least some college education. People without postsecondary credentials will have greater difficulty accessing good jobs in the future.

Millions of college students do not fit the “traditional” student profile of a full-time student transitioning directly from high school to a four-year college or university. These students are often juggling work and/or family obligations and need flexible schedules and high-quality education delivery systems that meet their needs. The Higher Education Act (HEA) can promote connections to work by supporting linkages to career pathways that help low-income youth and adults obtain postsecondary credentials that lead to family-sustaining jobs with the potential for career advancement.  This fact sheet, by Rosa García, states CLASP's priorities in connecting low-income students to good jobs and careers through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).