Completion With a Purpose Blog

Strengthening CTE Opens More Pathways to Success for Students and Employers

This week Congress will vote on a bill to reauthorize federal support for career and technical education (CTE). The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) is a bipartisan effort to elevate these programs in our nation’s schools and community colleges and to better align them with in-demand, skilled jobs. Coming on the heels of…

Reaching Disconnected Fathers to Benefit Families and the Community

Last week, a young father named Tim stopped by Fathers and Families Center in Indianapolis, the hometown of Strada Education NetworkSM. He was dressed for success and ready to share exciting news: After only one month on the job working in security, he had been promoted to lead his work team. His wife, spurred on by his accomplishments,…

Do You Regret Your College Choices?

If they had to do it over again, the majority of Americans (51 percent) who pursued a postsecondary education would change their degree type, institution or major. This is one of the most significant findings in a massive new research collaboration between Gallup and Strada Education NetworkSM. Given the substantial amount of time and money Americans invest in…

Empowering the Consumer Voice to Transform Postsecondary Education

Strada Education NetworkSM is proud to partner with Gallup, the world leader in consumer insights, to launch the Education Consumer Pulse. Through 350 daily interviews of U.S. adults aged 18-65, this three-year survey will create the largest set of education consumer insights in the nation to date. We believe understanding the consumer’s perspective is critical to addressing…

Louisville Targets Workforce Readiness From ‘Cradle to Career’

When I took the oath of office as mayor in 2011, I said one of my primary goals was to help my hometown become a city of lifelong learning. That’s critical for any city — and any citizen — with the ambition to thrive in the 21st century. In a world of constant change, it’s the lifelong learners who are…

Prior Learning Assessment, Financial Education Boost Veterans’ College and Career Success

Prior learning assessment, or PLA, saves students time and money while they’re pursuing their degrees. The practice of awarding credit and certifications for prior experience and training, including that received in the military, is an especially appropriate way to reward military veterans for their service and support their personal and professional advancement. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education…

Honoring a Legend by Expanding Opportunities

Jackie Robinson is a sports legend, known best for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. But, as last month’s groundbreaking event for the Jackie Robinson Museum reminded us, his legacy lives on in ways that stretch far beyond baseball. That’s why I am so proud — and humbled — to have been at that ceremony. There, we heard about Robinson’s…

Creating Better Pathways From Education to the Workforce

Over the next two months, it will be commencement season across the United States. From high schools to community colleges and four-year universities, students will be encouraged with hopeful speeches and congratulated for their hard work and determination. But for too many graduates, no matter the level of education they’re just completing, the transition to their next destination will be…

Celebrating a Center of Hope for African-American Youth

In the mid-’70s, Indianapolis community leaders cited a number of reasons why African-American youth were failing to graduate from high school, not entering college, and falling short in career achievement. The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) answered the call to develop meaningful experiences to promote education and careers to students and their parents. Forty years and thousands of success stories…

This School Doesn’t Give Up on Struggling Students

Although the high school dropout rate has declined significantly since the 1990’s, each year more than 1.2 million U.S. students continue to leave high school with no diploma. As a result, approximately 7,000 students each day are giving up short of earning the most critical educational credential necessary for their future success. It’s well documented that many high school dropouts…