Adult College Completion

With a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) and the National Association of Workforce Boards are implementing the Adult College Completion (ACC) program. The overarching goal of this program is to shift policies and practices within the Workforce Investment System towards the goal of promoting college completion as a possibility for short-term training for clients and to conduct research to determine what difference college completion makes for both client and performance outcomes in the workforce system.

The program aims to increase the number of workers holding Associate or Bachelor’s degrees. Research shows that over a fifth (22%) of adults nationwide have some college, but no degree, and that workers with degrees fare better in the labor market. ACC has worked in five states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. States and local areas in the program have taken different approaches to determining eligibility for the funds designated for completion, ranging from 0-12 credits to 0-30 credits remaining for an individual who has not previously completed an Associate or Bachelor’s degree to do so.

Adult College Completion (ACC) can be integrated into the workforce development system to help states improve employment outcomes for adults in local workforce areas. ACC puts new practices and policies in place that will result in more systematic identification of workforce investment clients who are near college completion, routinely assess whether such clients can be funding with workforce dollars to complete college, and support customers with their college completion.  

Funded by the Lumina Foundation