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Resources to help state teams and stakeholders better promote the work to a wide audience of potential supporters.

Tuesday, August 30th, 3:00 PM EDT

The Douglas Gould & Company team presented how to identity the core components of a strategic communications framework. This webinar was designed to prepare grantees to create realistic, effective plans as part of their implementation proposals. Core components discussed included:

  • Clarifying goals
  • Localizing key messages
  • Mapping target audiences
  • Outreach and engagement tactics
  • How to create a timetable for action
  • How to budget for costs
  • How to evaluate progress

Jennifer Hahn, Douglas Gould & Company
Nathan Boltseridge, Douglas Gould & Company

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Jennifer Hahn, Nathan Boltseridge
Douglas Gould & Company

Through Courses to Employment AspenWSI investigated the operations and outcomes of six partnerships between nonprofit organizations and community colleges. These types of partnerships represent a nascent field of practice, and nonprofit and community college representatives have noted time and again the value of sharing ideas, strategies and information about the nuts and bolts work of organizing and managing effective partnerships.

AspenWSI has compiled a variety of different types of tools that partnerships have used to support their work on the ground. The tools available today reflect a work-in-progress, and we expect to add additional tools over time. We welcome comments, feedback and suggestions for additions. The tools are organized in three categories:

How do partners organize themselves? Who does what?

What strategies do partners use to provide education and support services?

What kinds of costs are involved in partnership?

Courses to Employment
Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Urban Institute

This one-pager, updated June 2012, provides an overview of the initiative.

Jobs for the Future

Over 200 people, including Accelerating Opportunity grantees and Breaking Through colleges, attended the first annual National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways. This website includes a number of materials developed for/shared at the meeting, including PowerPoint presentations and other resources.

Conference Objectives:

  • Introduce I-Best and Breaking Through models that integrate basic skills pathways.
  • Share I-BEST and Breaking Through models Washington SBCTC and other colleges have developed as core models for implementation.
  • Engage in provocative discussions around policy support and innovation to foster scale and sustainability.
  • Learn more about curricular alignment and other re-design aspects.
  • Build networks as 25 states come together as a field and learning community.
Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

The Accelerating Opportunity Communications Toolkit is intended to give professionals and leaders involved in Accelerating Opportunity the tools that they need to communicate effectively and strategically with targeted audiences. While these audiences may be diverse and range from low-skilled adults to top-level policymakers, the essential elements of strategic communications remain constant: to become a true agent for change, you have to be able to articulate your goals, your role in solving problems and why people should care.

Douglas Gould & Company

To become a true agent for change, you need to articulate key messages to a wide variety of stakeholders.  But just knowing the messages is not enough. You must be able to reach the right audiences that can impact change. Learn how to reach both internal (faculty, students, administrators) and external (policymakers, business leaders, media) audiences with your specific messages and share your own experiences about what has worked, and what hasn’t.

Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future