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State Initiatives and Academies

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Career Pathways SNAP E&T Project

States can leverage the SNAP E&T program to build career pathways systems that increase postsecondary enrollment and completion, provide supportive services, and connect students to quality jobs that offer economic mobility and meet the needs of local employers. Through the generous support of Lumina Foundation and ECMC Foundation, National Skills Coalition is working with five states to build or expand their Career Pathways SNAP E&T programs.

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Essential Worker Project

National Skills Coalition is working with state agency and coalition partners in 5 states (California, Indiana, Louisiana, Tennessee and Utah) to advance state policies designed to provide more equitable upskilling opportunities for essential workers and the small businesses that employ them. Policies will be informed by labor market data on essential workers and jobs, and focus groups with essential workers and small businesses.

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Skills for California Network and California Advocacy and Policy Academy

Skills for California—powered by National Skills Coalition and California EDGE Coalition—is a statewide network of organizations advancing workforce development policies that remove systemic barriers and promote an inclusive economy for all Californians. NSC is also leading the California Advocacy and Policy Academy for leaders from community-based organizations in California who want to build their capacity to engage in workforce development policy and advocacy activities.

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State Financial Assistance for High Quality Non-Degree Credentials

The State Financial Assistance for High Quality Non-Degree Credentials Initiative will provide technical assistance to states with goals to achieve three of the four policy reforms recommended in NSC’s Making College Work campaign – our comprehensive federal and state focused effort to make college work for everyone – working people, local businesses, and our economy. 

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Quality Postsecondary Credential Policy Academy

The Quality Postsecondary Credential Policy Academy is an eighteen-month initiative aimed at defining quality non-degree credentials; developing a policy agenda to increase the number of residents with quality credentials, and developing the data policies to support such efforts.

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