Spotlight on Black STARs

Read our latest research, Spotlight on Black STARs: Insights for Employers to Access the Skilled and Diverse Talent They’ve Been Missing, which shows the limited career opportunities experienced by Black STARs and points to pathways for mobility.

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Our Latest Work

Introducing the Paper Ceiling

Opportunity@Work and the Ad Council Call on Companies to Join New, Rapidly Expanding Collaboration to Remove Barriers to Economic Mobility for 50% of U.S. Workers.

More than 20 corporate and nonprofit partners have already joined the effort to champion more inclusive, skills-based hiring practices for the 70+ million workers Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs)

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Governor Hogan Announces Elimination of Four-Year Degree Requirement For Thousands of State Jobs

Maryland Launches First-in-the-Nation Initiative to Recruit Experienced, Non-Degree Candidates and partners with Opportunity@Work to recruit and market these roles to STARs.

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New Program to Connect to Skilled, Regional Talent in Northeast Ohio Launched by Youngstown State University and Social Enterprise Opportunity@Work

Partnership will place YSU’s Workforce Division program graduates at leading employers, starting with Ultium Cells, through national nonprofit’s job platform Stellarworx

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Our Partners

*STARs (noun) — There are 70+ million adults in the U.S. who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes such as community college, workforce training, bootcamps, certificate programs, military service or on-the-job learning, rather than through a bachelor’s degree. STARs include the majority of Black, Hispanic, and essential workers, as well as veterans.

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Our Solutions

For STARs, access to high-wage jobs has less to do with skills – and more to do with employer bachelor’s degree screen.

At Opportunity@Work, we believe that if you can do the job, you should get the job.

Action begins with insight

For decades, STARs have been screened out by a focus on educational attainment. When companies see the data on STARs skills and potential, they realize this is about change, not charity.

That’s why we are gathering, sharing, and publishing data-driven insights that raise STARs’ visibility and change perceptions of workers without a bachelor’s degree.

Visit the STARs Insights Page

Ready to hire? Look to the STARs.

Many companies want to hire STARs for entry-level tech roles, but they’re finding it hard to navigate the emerging ecosystem of nontraditional talent sources. 

Stellarworx is a new, faster and easier way to match STARs with inclusive employers that are ready to hire.

Visit the Stellarworx Page

Inclusive by design

The STARs Studio serves as a design and testing laboratory that helps organizations translate their promises into action, helping STARs access higher wage work–and help the businesses who employ STARs fulfill their commitment to a more inclusive labor market.

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About Us

We know diversity is not just a target but vital to fueling innovation. Meet the team that’s transforming hiring for the benefit of companies and for STARs. We believe there is value in working together to rewire the labor market, helping businesses and nonprofits alike.

60%

of our staff is BIPOC:
Our team represents the diversity and skills of the national workforce.

22%

are STARs:
We don’t just tell other employers how valuable STARs can be—we demonstrate it by including them at all levels of our organization.

67%

are Women:
Gender diversity is a fundamental part of our success and our mission.

Who are STARs?

Listen to STARs share their successes: what led them to where they are today, what obstacles they face and what they hope for in the future. In their own words, hear how these STARs are shining a light on how their distinct yet complementary qualities are contributing to the opportunity movement.

Meet the STARs
LaShana Lewis
Founder and CEO of L. M. Lewis Consulting

“I had tried for many years to get jobs in the tech sector, only to be told that I could not get a job because I did not finish the degree. I was never tested on my technical skills or made it past the first interview.”

Giancarlo Martinez
Senior UI Developer, Projekt202

“I was motivated to pursue tech when I wanted to build a networking platform for the National Hispanic Institute. I was driven by my desire to find a means beyond my financial limitations to connect young Latinx students and professionals.”

Wilkin Sanchez
Ground Control Support Specialist, Envision Technology Advisors

“I started to become passionate about computers at a very early age. The first time I was around a computer, I immediately wanted to figure things out and find out more about it every day; it has been non-stop since then.”