Breaking Through: Helping Low-Skilled Adults Enter and Succeed in College and Careers

At a Glance

The Breaking Through initiative looks at whether—and how—community colleges can significantly improve outcomes for low-income, low-skilled adult learners seeking occupational and technical postsecondary credentials.

Around the country, innovative community colleges are playing a larger role in helping low-skilled adults gain the valuable skills and credentials that are the gateway to family-supporting careers. Breaking Through looks at whether—and how—these institutions can significantly improve the odds that low-income, low-skilled adults earn the college-level occupational and technical credentials they need to succeed in jobs. It defines “success” to include both educational and economic advancement. And it identifies a set of powerful, transferable strategies rather than describing several effective schools/programs whose complete program design may not seem replicable.