This was a live-streamed session at the 2022 SNAP E&T National Forum. States can advance racial equity and economic mobility by leveraging federal funding streams to create career pathways that center the needs of adult learners and workers. Hear how states and community colleges are leveraging SNAP E&T and other federal, state, and philanthropic funding streams to transform partnerships between community colleges and human service agencies—increasing educational attainment, connection to quality jobs, and elevating student and worker voice. Find out how this work can address the racial wealth gaps and basic needs insecurity facing too many learners and workers, while also shifting the narrative away from individual fixes to systemic solutions to address structural barriers. Hear lessons learned from six states, and tactical examples of how SNAP E&T can transform these partnerships between community colleges, adult education providers, and human service agencies to build these robust career pathway systems.
- Kate Kinder, State Strategies Director, National Skills Coalition
- Kermit Kaleba, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
- Dr. Randall Stamper, Assistant Vice Chancellor Career Pathways and Workforce Programs, Virginia Community College System
- Valerie Dunbar-Brooks, Senior Workforce Programs Consultant, Virginia Department of Social Services