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.
Policymakers and executives can partner to improve outcomes for individuals and employers.
Postsecondary education has multiple important purposes. Preparation for a career is just one of them – but for many people it is the most important one.
Too often students can’t access high-demand, high-wage programs because they cost institutions more to deliver than general education programs. Policymakers can remove that obstacle by adjusting funding levels to account for differences in program delivery costs.
At the same time, employers can have difficulty meeting their talent needs because they require a college degree even for positions that don’t require college-level skills. The result: less diverse talent pools and higher attrition rates.
We envision a future in which students can readily access programs that lead to quality jobs and mobility, and employers assess and advance individuals based on skills and experiences, not degrees.
Strada’s $4 million Employer and Community College Partnership challenge is funding partnerships that are innovating to meet regional workforce needs, boost employment and earnings for students, and drive community college enrollment.
Strada’s alumni survey showed the value of providing education that is aligned with careers and workforce needs. Alumni who reported having quality experiences connecting their education to career preparation as students also reported that they earned more money and were significantly more likely to agree their education was worth the cost.
Braven is a Strada grantee that helps students develop the skills and relationships needed to get a good first job out of college. On this Strada podcast episode, Braven CEO Aimée Eubanks Davis talks about leveling the playing field so all college graduates have connections in the workforce and can begin building successful careers.
Innovative leader brings an extensive track record of navigating through challenges to create effective education-to-employment data systems
Seasoned postsecondary education policy leader to oversee nonprofit organization’s advocacy work with state and federal policymaker
Three-year grants awarded to four institutions will support expansion of programs designed to help learners succeed during and after completion of their degree or credential. These programs deploy a broad range of strategies from new technology solutions to embedded, industry-recognized credentials, which will be made available to thousands of new learners through these grants.
Veteran corporate leader brings diverse range of experience to guide Strada’s legal team and serve organization’s Board of Trustees
Two-year grants will support proven partnerships that connect learners to education and in-demand employment opportunities and strengthen regional economies.
A rich mixture of skills gained in college improves post-completion outcomes for graduates
At a time of growing societal uncertainty about the value of higher education and declining enrollment, the views of alumni turn out to be particularly insightful. This group can provide especially valuable feedback about how their education experiences have enriched their lives, which can help us ensure that today’s students maximize all the benefits that college offers.
The list of benefits associated with earning a college degree is extensive and oft-repeated. It includes higher average lifetime earnings, employment security, greater self-esteem, and better health, among many others.
National Workforce Development Leader to Head Social Impact Organization’s Strategy and Innovation Team
A 12-week internship for individuals who are bold, curious, motivated team players — and passionate about advancing equity.
Amid all of this disruption, the number of U.S. workers leaving or changing their jobs sharply increased. Known variously as the Great Resignation, Reshuffle, or Realignment, the trend has been cast in the cultural imagination as a collective desire on the part of the American workforce for more rewarding or meaningful work.
New Study from Strada Education Network Reveals a Silver Lining at a Challenging Time
Delaware State sophomore accounting major eyes and a different career path after viewing a wealth of options.
Sophomore engineering ‘rock star’ learns to become a leader while following in the HBCU grad footsteps of his parents and brother.
As a natural leader, student embraces opportunities to work in her field and build campus community
With a passion for writing and teaching, student seeks ways to teach while she’s still learning