Educational Success

2019

2019 Annual Report

Victory. At Women Employed, when we celebrate a victory, it means more women are safe and respected at work. More people have access to the training and education they need to take the next step to something better. It’s peace of mind. Dignity. This year, we have some huge victories to celebrate, and that’s good news for us all. Read about those victories in our 2019 Annual Report.

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2018

2018 Annual Report

Doubling Down on Rising Up, Together. Since 1973, Women Employed has been making change in the workplace to elevate us all. We have stood up for equal opportunity and economic advancement. We have paved the way for millions to get their degrees. And we have leveraged partnerships to make it happen. We are bringing people to the table to build a movement to improve the lives of working women and their families.

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2018

Monetary Award Program (MAP) Factsheet

Why is funding for MAP so important? This fact sheet outlines how the needs-based grant impacts students, and why it is important to Illinois’ workforce that the program is fully-funded.

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2018

Progress, Pathways, and Possibilities: How a Shared Vision Put a System to Work

This piece takes the reader through the different parts of our work to establish and expand career pathways in Chicago and Illinois, beginning with Shifting Gears in the early 2000s and looking forward to a yet-unrealized future. It includes bridge programs, Career Foundations, and the career pathways definition, as well as stories from students and detail about how progress on career pathways has been made.

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2018

The Time to Act is Now: Let’s Tackle the Race Gap in Higher Education

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2018

Women Employed’s 2019 Illinois Women’s Agenda

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2017

2017 Annual Report

Moving Forward, Together. In a tumultuous year for our country, we have forged ahead to ensure all women can access fair workplaces, quality jobs, and education and training leading to better opportunities. In this report, you’ll read about crucial advances we’ve made this year on equal pay, paid sick time, and pathways to college and careers. The key to our success is you.

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2017

The Story of a Dreamer

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2017

Women in School: Child Care Access Means Parents in School, So Why is it Being Cut?

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2017

Women in School: Plans and Pathways — Why They Work

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2017

Women in School: The Wage Gap Is a Matter of Life or Debt for Women

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2016

2016 Annual Report

This is How Change Happens. It’s never a straight line. Advocacy campaigns are long battles with many twists and turns. New discoveries, barriers, and tactics emerge. Over four decades, Women Employed has developed the strategic know-how, flexibility, and tenacity it takes to win. This report recounts the winding path to two vital advances for working women.
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2015

2015 Annual Report

Not you. Not me. It’s we. The voices of working women are at the heart of our 2015 annual report. Although the women we heard from had widely varying life experiences, we heard strong commonalities: a yearning to do the best for their families, the importance of financial stability and security, a desire for work that is respected and fulfilling, a belief in fairness, and the importance of speaking up for change.
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2015

Bridging the Gap

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.

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2015

Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Bridge Programs Investments and Returns Worksheet

This worksheet is a companion to the policy brief, Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success to allow colleges to calculate their projected return on investment for implementing bridge programs.

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2015

Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success

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.

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2014

Breaking With Tradition: Keeping Adult Students on the MAP

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.

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2013

Fourth Year Sophomores? Improving Remedial Student Outcomes in Illinois

Fifty-one percent of first-time community college students in Illinois take remedial or developmental courses before they can start college-level coursework, and too many never graduate. This policy brief outlines clear steps that colleges and policymakers can take to ensure that only the right students are enrolled in remedial classes and that coursework is focused on the right content, and includes strategies to prevent students from getting stuck in long-term developmental sequences and dropping out.

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2012

Breaking With Tradition: Adult Learners Essential to Illinois’ College Completion Goal

The State of Illinois has instituted a goal to ensure that 60 percent of Illinois adults have a college credential by 2025. This fact sheet shows how important adult learners are to helping Illinois reach that goal.

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2012

Breaking with Tradition: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success

Community colleges are facing pressure to increase retention and completion rates. Enrollments and funding are declining. This fact sheet shows how bridge programs can be a strategy for success for both colleges and students.

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2012

Low-Income Single Mothers at Community College

This policy brief provides recommendations on immediate steps colleges can implement to improve their schools and increase retention and completion rates for single mothers who are students.

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2012

Non-Traditional Student and Single Parent Accessibility Self-Assessment

A toolkit to help colleges and universities assess their provision of services and supports to non-traditional and parenting students, and to make plans for improvements.

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2011

Certificate, Degree, and Transfer Programs: Advisor Template

Helps advisors better assess student needs and connect them to resources before student challenges become barriers to completion.

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2011

Certificate, Degree, and Transfer Programs: Student Handout Template

Gives students a roadmap for the application process and helps them better prepare for their first session with their advisor, including exploring different careers before they choose a major.

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2011

Single Mothers and College Success

This policy brief focuses on six key areas in which federal and state policy changes could result in increased retention and graduation rates for single-parent students.

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2011

Transition Services Self-Assessment Toolkit

A toolkit to help bridge programs assess current provision of key transition services and plan for improvements.

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2008

Strategies for Success in Career Development (Full Curriculum)

This guide gives colleges, community organizations, and workforce agencies helpful tools to guide adult learners or first-time college students at different levels of experience and education through in-depth career exploration and planning. The curriculum is designed to help more low-income adults transition into and complete college certificate or degree programs.

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2007

Building Bridges to College and Careers for Illinois Adults

This policy brief gives a brief overview and description of bridge programs, which provide a path into education and training for adults with low literacy and math skills.

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2005

Bridges to Careers for Low-Skilled Adults (Full Guide)

This 125-page guide provides concrete guidance on how to develop and implement “bridge programs,” which help adult students improve their basic skills and succeed in college. The guide contains information and interactive worksheets that program developers and managers can use to help with program design, curriculum development, funding, implementation, and evaluation. Download the entire guide above or smaller sections.

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