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Findings from the Accelerating Opportunity evaluation: Building the evidence on integrated career pathways

Date Added to Library: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:23
Individual Author: 
Eyster, Lauren
Barnow, Burt S.
Anderson, Theresa
Conway, Maureen
Lerman, Robert I.
Jain, Ranita
Kuehn, Daniel
Montes, Marcela
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Washington, D.C.
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Published Date (Date): 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This brief summarizes findings from implementation, impact, and cost-benefit evaluations of Accelerating Opportunity (AO). AO is a career pathways initiative launched in 2011 that aims to help adults with low basic skills earn valued occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers. AO was one of the first efforts to replicate and scale key elements of Washington state's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model. The evaluation took place in Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana. The evidence shows that AO holds promise for changing college systems and promoting educational gains among low-skilled adults. Earnings impacts are mixed. (Author abstract) 

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