Indianapolis-based nonprofit Strada Education Network is awarding grants totaling $3.5 million to the National Governors Association and the Education Commission of the States. The funding will support the implementation of state policies to create economic opportunities for adult learners.
Strada’s partnership with Education Commission of the States is designed to find policy solutions that will help people age 18 to 24 who are currently unemployed and not enrolled in school, but hope to find job opportunities through further education.
Strada Education Network and Education Commission of the States will work together to gather new policy insights through reports, policy papers and national databases.
“As laboratories for innovation, states are in a unique position to craft policies that are both responsive to the demands of employers – and tailored around the aspirations and potential of education consumers,” said William D. Hansen, president and CEO of Strada Education Network and former U.S. deputy secretary of education said in a news release. “This is about more than just closing skills gaps. It’s about turning the tide for the working class by identifying and enabling new approaches to education and workforce development to take hold and scale.”
More details about the policy initiatives, including the request for proposal and states selected to participate in the two programs, will be shared in the coming months.