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Minnesota FastTRAC (Training, Resources, and Credentialing) seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by meeting the common skills needs of businesses and individuals.

FastTRAC’s innovative approach helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand. By focusing on high-demand fields, FastTRAC meets the needs of business while ensuring that students find well-paying jobs with room for advancement.

2012
Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative

This memo to Shifting Gears states offers guidance on how to be intentional and strategic about using the results of various data collection projects and how data can be used to help engage key audiences to build support for desired policy changes.

2010
Shifting Gears
Shifting Gears

Drawing on recent research and practice, this article recommends that states consider reforming basic skills services (e.g. developmental and adult basic education) to improve college and career success. It highlights various state reform strategies, including Shifting Gears in Illinois.

2009
Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy