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NOW AVAILABLE: Reach for the STARs: Realizing the Potential of America’s Hidden Talent Pool

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STARs: Skilled Through Alternative Routes

Millions of Americans are locked out of better jobs simply because they lack a four-year degree. Yet these workers have skills that companies desperately need  – skills they developed through military service, in training programs, at community colleges, on the job, or through other alternatives to college. It’s time for more employers to recognize and value individuals who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs).

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We're re-wiring the labor market so that STARs can work, learn and earn to their full potential.

Our Approach

At Opportunity@Work, we envision a world where STARs have a fair chance to achieve the American Dream — with fulfilling jobs, rewarding careers, and better lives for themselves and their families.

Here’s how we’ll realize that vision:


We are awakening companies to the value of STARs’ talent. 

With a community of partners, we are gathering, sharing, and publishing data-driven insights that raise STARs’ visibility and change perceptions of workers without a four-year degree.

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We are connecting employers with STARs.

We are developing an online marketplace with matching and feedback capabilities so employers can more quickly identify trusted sources of job-seeking STARs and fill open roles more quickly.

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We are accelerating learning and investment in support of STARs.

We are inviting partners to share insights, and test solutions on behalf of STARs, sharing what we learn with the entire workforce development field. 

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Our Partners

Opportunity@Work appreciates the vital support from our partners and supporters.

Latest Updates

New Analysis Identifies Hidden Talent Pool of 71 Million Skilled Workers in U.S. Without College Degrees

Groundbreaking analysis from Opportunity@Work and Accenture suggests that employer degree requirements are excluding millions of skilled workers; questions long-standing assumptions about the causes of wage inequality, skills gaps

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STARs Profile: LaShana Lewis

A self-described “computer geek,” LaShana had the skills but not the degree. She couldn’t even get an interview. Then she found Launch Code. This is her story.

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The STARs Will Shine Bright in 2020

A letter from our CEO

Happy New Year and I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! I’m writing to update you on how Opportunity@Work and our partners have been working towards our mission of rewiring the U.S. labor market, what to expect from us in 2020, and how you can stay or get more involved.

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