Introducing Stellarworx

Stellarworx is a faster way to match trained professionals who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) with inclusive employers that are ready to hire.

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Byron Auguste on The Washington Post: The majority of Americans lack a college degree. Why do so many employers require one?

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:

Awaken

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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Connect

We are connecting employers with STARs.

We are connecting employers with training providers and STARs through the rapid scaling of our online marketplace which will make it faster and easier for employers to hire STARs.

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Accelerate

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.

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The majority of Americans lack a college degree. Why do so many employers require one?

Degree discrimination is not illegal, but it is a damaging bias that’s blinding companies to talent they need and reinforcing existing economic inequalities.

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As Talent Demands Increase, STARs Are The Solution

As hiring rebounds and companies add new openings, the perceived “talent shortage” and the so-called “skills gap” conversation is gaining prominence in the media. But as talent demand increases, many employers can and should look to one segment of the population, in particular, that is skilled and ready to work.

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Getting Hispanic STARs the Skills and Supports they Need to Succeed

Opportunity@Work is working with partners such as Google.org and others to design and implement wraparound support systems for STARs to ensure that factors outside of the classroom won’t pose a barrier to their training.

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