Community colleges are at a crossroads. Pressure is mounting to increase enrollment and improve retention. At the same time, there are millions of adults who would benefit from a college education, but who lack a high school degree. Bridge programs provide a solution that will serve these adults, improve college enrollment and retention numbers, and even generate revenue for colleges.
What is a bridge program? This fact sheet explains what bridge programs are, and how Women Employed is leading the effort to implement bridge programs in Illinois and nationwide, giving thousands of workers the skills and credentials they need to move from low-paid, low-opportunity jobs into high-demand careers that offer financial stability.
Inspire: Inspiration is a key ingredient of the work we do every day to make women's lives better. In our 2014 annual report, we profile Mary and Tanya, two women at the heart of our work who inspire us to keep fighting. What you’ll learn as you read about them is what a dramatic difference Women Employed’s work is making for low-income women and their families.
In this policy agenda, the Pathways to Careers Network calls on Illinois’ incoming governor to incorporate career pathways into the state’s education and workforce systems, and to invest in programs that will ensure low-skilled adults have access to and can succeed in proven education and training programs.
What is life like when you're a low-wage worker with an unstable and unpredictable work schedule? This fact sheet breaks it down, illustrating how volatile scheduling leaves many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. It also shows how this practice is bad for employers and business, as well as highlighting policy solutions that would help many workers achieve the economic security they need to care for their families.
Unpredictable and unstable work schedules leave many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. This policy brief explores scheduling problems and highlights policy solutions and employer practices that would allow workers the time and economic security they need to care for their families, while also helping employers maximize the value their workers provide.
Illinois has a goal that 60 percent of adults will have college degrees by 2025. But without increasing our financial aid investment in low-income adult students, we will not be able to meet that goal. Illinois' Monetary Award Program (MAP) can help low-income adult students in Illinois afford college, but every year, a smaller percentage of eligible adult students receive the grant.
Forty and Forward. Fairness. Opportunity. A world where all women can succeed economically and achieve their aspirations. A brighter future for women and their families. A lot has changed since 1973, but Women Employed’s dreams for working women haven’t.