Landmark research reveals a hidden talent pool of 71 million U.S. workers who do not have four-year degrees — but are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) and have the potential to thrive in higher-wage jobs.
Opportunity@Work announces partnership with Calbright College to help Californians develop the skills to succeed in well paid, in-demand jobs.
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).
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 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.
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.
Stay connected as we work to expand career opportunities for STARs!
Opportunity@Work’s marketplace is a critical piece in helping to level the playing field and make it easier for those without degrees to access meaningful careers.Read More
Meet Giancarlo Martinez, a STAR and senior UI developer/ designer from the South Bronx with a compelling story.Read More
Against a backdrop of COVID-19 jobs crisis, Opportunity@Work and Calbright College team up to help Californians develop the skills to succeed in well paid, in-demand jobs