Adult Education with COABE
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How do we address America’s skill gap? Employers, economic and workforce developers, and educators are all asking this challenging question. Everything from health issues to incarceration rates to poverty is impacted by individuals’ educational attainment levels. In fact, there may be no better ‘return on investment’ than that which is made in adult education, particularly when it comes to addressing America’s competitive skills crisis.
McDonald's Archways to Opportunity
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As the respective employers of 850,000 restaurant employees in thousands of communities across the U.S., McDonald’s and its franchisees know that a significant number of restaurant employees are among those 38 million without high school diplomas. Through our comprehensive education program, Archways to Opportunity, we are preparing the employees of today for the business of tomorrow.
Novelis FutureProofing
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When we think about local sourcing, we tend to think about farm-to-table cuisine at a restaurant or local supply chains feeding a manufacturing company. Indeed, sourcing inputs and ingredients from your own backyard provides benefits to companies across many industries. But what about the talent supply chain? That’s where Novelis has mastered the art of local sourcing.
Georgia Skyline
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Over the past 10 years, the state of Georgia has aggressively invested in linking public education with the needs of industry by creating a statewide network of 46 College and Career Academies, while significantly expanding dual enrollment, industry apprenticeships, and post-secondary opportunities for high school students. These opportunities allow students to obtain industry credentials for quality, in-demand jobs that meet the needs of each community’s workforce. 
YouScience Aptitude Testing
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What do you love to do? It’s a question that drives career planning nationwide. That seemingly harmless probe is the assumption behind interest-only assessments, which have historically dominated career guidance efforts. However, these assessments are failing employers and students. What would happen if you measured that person's aptitude?
Bon Me
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Patrick Lynch and Ali Fong launched Bon Me, an Asian cuisine food truck, in 2010 after participating in Boston’s food truck contest. Their business, which became profitable in its first year, has since expanded to include eight food trucks, two food carts, and seven restaurants with 230 employees. Patrick spoke with the Foundation about his experiences as an entrepreneur in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.
Eightfold: Unlearn, Learn, Reinvent
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The need for quality talent is so great that those who excel at unlearning, learning, and reinventing themselves have a higher probability of success for overcoming common biases including race, gender, age, and academic background. Finding employees and candidates who have the ability and initiative to constantly reinvent themselves is the goal of every company today, though it isn’t easy.

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