Completion With a Purpose Blog

Partnership Lowers Student Debt, Builds Workforce Readiness

Mahmudur Choundhury is a recent graduate of Arizona State University (ASU) whose work with a global online payment processing company while still in school helped open the door to his professional career. And that work during college was made possible through an innovative partnership between ASU and Education at Work (EAW). Choundhury works in customer care for the payment processing…

Serving in the Spirit of a Transformational Leader

The Rev. Charles Williams spent his life advocating for equality, transforming Indiana Black Expo into a force for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. So I was especially honored to represent Strada Education NetworkSM as we received the Reverend Charles R. Williams Award from IBE last week. Honored because Strada Education shares the commitment of IBE — so…

Connecting Education and Careers in Paradise

Did you know that Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth? While this is great trivia knowledge, it also is an important point to consider when thinking about the challenges the state faces in economic and workforce development. Currently tourism, health care and the military are the primary drivers of Hawaii’s economy. Hawaii struck economic development gold with…

Building On-Ramps to Student Success

Postsecondary training is an expensive proposition without a guaranteed payoff. To make matters worse, many students find themselves in the position of making large financial investments and never completing a degree, a near worst-case scenario that often leaves individuals with lots of debt and no credential to earn the wages needed to pay back those borrowed dollars. Success requires earning…

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…