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Holistic Support Services Advance Economic Mobility and Educational Attainment

Holistic support services are critical to increasing skills training access, completion, and connection to quality jobs.  Intentional investments in supportive services help to address racial wealth gaps and the unprecedented rates of basic needs insecurity facing today’s students—adult learners who are balancing work, school, and family responsibilities.  Community college, training provider, and community partner staff can help learners navigate education, public benefit, and resource options to ensure that resources go to those who need them the most.  As states look to build inclusive economies, holistic support service policies and investments must be prioritized to advance educational attainment and economic mobility.


  • President Mark Mitsui, Portland Community College, College President
  • Dr. Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College, College President
  • Jennifer Zeisler, Senior Program Director, ECMC Foundation
  • Shana Peschek, Executive Director, Machinists Institute

Moderator: Kate Kinder, State Strategies Director (west), National Skills Coalition

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Making College Work

Making college work for working people, business, and our economy means adopting higher education policies that fully support working people’s needs, career goals and economic mobility - as well as businesses that depend on a pipeline of trained, skilled workers.

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