Strada collaborates with students, policymakers, educators, and employers across the U.S. to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.
We prioritize policies, practices, and programs that help ensure postsecondary education provides equitable pathways to opportunity.
We advance our mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, and strategic initiatives.
As careers start demanding a continuous cycle of working and learning, workers need support to help them focus on their education while balancing the demands of work and life. Comprehensive wraparound supports will help them overcome hurdles while managing multiple commitments and competing priorities from the beginning of their explorations all the way through their new working lives and subsequent career transitions.
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Adults trying to juggle work, family, life, and education commitments face many roadblocks. For some learners, basic needs like housing, childcare, and transportation aren’t met, causing them to feel stuck and unable to find a good job, or putting education at the bottom of their priority list. For others, confidence, identity, or mental health can create barriers to successful education and work transitions.
With comprehensive supports, learners are better positioned to overcome these hurdles and manage multiple commitments and competing priorities. These supports recognize that an adult’s success depends on much more than just their learning experience and job search.
Academic outcomes can be greatly affected by the pressures and responsibilities learners juggle outside of school. When wraparound supports are incorporated into an education program, learners can stay focused on their education and career path.
Social capital, defined as the networks you have that help you get ahead in life, is vital to success in education and employment. Offering guidance in networking and other social capital strategies can support all learners in accessing this critical career-building resource.
Wraparound supports should extend beyond the training program to guide learners through the challenges of a career transition. i.c. stars, a leadership and training program, provides two years of continued coaching and support to expand their professional network and ensure long-term success.
Industry mentors can offer all learners access to promising career pathways. Code Nation turns local software engineers into volunteer high school teachers, providing students with built-in professional connections to guide their career development.