Working learners can be disadvantaged in employer recruitment, evaluation and promotion protocols that presume the necessity of specific certifications at particular moments in the life course. The task of this workstream is to consider how scholarship on employer practices might be expanded to account for the changing experiences and needs of those seeking learning and work opportunities in new ways and over longer spans of their lives.
Free College Tuition Programs for Adults
Under a grant funded by Walmart, the American Institutes for Research conducted a scan of free college tuition program websites in spring 2021. The output is this project website, which contains an interactive map, a report, a downloadable database of programs, and a webinar that explores how free college tuition programs for adults might better leverage employers in establishing and advancing programs.
How do credentials differ?
a concise document produced by workcred specifying the meanings of the terms certificate, certification, degree, and license.
What Works for Adult Learners: Lessons from Career Pathways Evaluations
by Debra Bragg with Barbara Endel, Nate Anderson, Lisa Soricone, and Erica Acevedo
Accelerating Pathways to Careers for Adult Learners
by JFF for the US Department of Labor
Opportunity@Work’s STARs program
A portfolio of resources describing the population of nearly 70 million Americans who are skilled for employment through alternative routes.
Hiring Working Learners
Northwestern University sociologist Lauren Rivera offers a concise brief on the importance of attending to the the assumptions, beliefs and behaviors of employers as they consider working learners at the point of hire.