Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey

This survey seeks to gain understanding of the diverse number of bridge programs (contextualized learning and embedded skills) that serve adults with low education levels throughout the U.S. This will help to increase funding, affect public policy, and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs to identify a standard of excellence that can be implemented nationwide. Some of the most intriguing findings were:

  • 86% of the programs surveyed served adults with low education levels, 57% served adults with limited English proficiency
  • 36% are funded by WIA Title I funds (other major sources of funding are Adult Education funds from the federal and state level, and other federal level sources such as DOL).
  • 39% of people who complete bridge programs earn degree-bearing college credit

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