Butler Community College is one of several Kansas colleges to join the Kansas Board of Regents in a mission to improve the state’s adult education program. In partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, KBOR has been awarded a $200,000 grant as a part of Accelerating Opportunity, a Breaking Through Initiative. Supported by a strategic partnership of five of the nation’s leading philanthropies, Accelerating Opportunity for Kansans (AO-K) will help Kansas transform adult education into successful career pathways leading to postsecondary credentials and economic security for underprepared workers in today’s demanding job market. The initiative is managed nationally by Jobs for the Future (JFF).
In Kansas alone over 900,000 working-age adults have no meaningful postsecondary credential. The trend will only continue—by 2018, 64 percent of Kansas jobs will require workers with some form of postsecondary credentials. Accelerating Opportunity seeks to change the way adult basic education is delivered by putting adult students on track to earn a postsecondary credential so they can seize the opportunity to earn family-sustaining wages and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. In Kansas, Butler is among nine community and technical colleges to undertake initiatives to transform the delivery of adult and technical education.
Accelerating Opportunity is funded by a strategic collaboration of diverse philanthropies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. For program and implementation expertise, JFF has engaged the National Council on Workforce Education, National College Transition Network and the Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges as partners.
Read more about the national initiative, including 11 states and 40 community colleges, in this Community College Times’ feature.