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49er Finish Program

Program to Watch
A program at UNC Charlotte designed to help adult learners complete remaining degree requirements. ...More

A Primer for Addressing Workforce Needs

March 21st, 2011
By Dan O’Connell, President and CEO, Massachusetts Competitiveness Partnership
Blog Post
I had the honor of attending the Business-Higher Education Forum’s (BHEF) recent semi-annual meeting at the invitation of BHEF Chair and Raytheon Company Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson. It was a fascinating gathering of CEOs, prominent college and university presidents, and other leaders, who emphasized that the demands of the global economy have fundamentally transformed corporations and increased the competitive challenges facing U.S. businesses, the economy, and the workforce. ...More

Academic Youth Development (AYD)

Program that Works
AYD is a 14 day summer bridge program focused on Algebra readiness to prepare students for the transition from middle school to high school math courses. ...More

Achieving the Dream, Inc.

Program that Works
Achieving the Dream is a national program designed to provide students with the remediation, support, and guidance necessary to complete a community college degree. ...More

ACT's World-of-Work Map

This tool, in conjunction with ACT's career assessments, can help high school students think through their career options. ...More

Admission Possible

Program to Watch
Admission Possible strives to make college admission possible for students who have the potential to attend college but lack the resources to apply. ...More

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Program that Works
AVID focuses on preparing underserved students between fourth and twelfth grade to attend post-secondary institutions. ...More


Afterschool.org provides information about funding opportunities for afterschool programs, professional development, relevant current news, and a database of promising practices. ...More

Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)

Program that Works
AMSTI prepares teachers with grade- and subject-specific professional development designed to provide Alabama students with well-trained teachers. ...More

Aligning Education and Workforce Goals to Foster Economic Development--Proceedings from Cities for Success: A BHEF Leadership Summit

BHEF Publications
Across the United States, civic leaders from all sectors are working avidly to identify education and workforce strategies that can bolster regional economic development. One notable success story is found in Louisville, Kentucky, where a broad coalition of local leaders identified powerful educational improvement strategies and then successfully mobilized the community around those strategies. ...More

Arizona State University, Nanoscience PSM

Program to Watch
The Professional Science Master’s Program in Nanoscience at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus provides students with the opportunity to interact with local industry professionals and potential employers through a Professional Seminar course. ...More

BHEF Des Moines Member-led Local Project

Regional Effort
Dedicated leadership makes Des Moines fertile ground for an effort that ties a big community vision to economic and education goals. ...More

BHEF Louisville Blueprint for Community Action

Regional Effort
This plan outlines 5 framing goals with accompanying strategies for education improvement. ...More

BHEF Louisville Member-led Local Project

Regional Effort
Since 2007, BHEF has partnered with its members and the Louisville community to increase the region’s college degree attainment rates. ...More

BHEF Philadelphia Member-led Local Project

Regional Effort
BHEF'­s Philadelphia members are supporting the Philadelphia School Project which will serve as a catalyst and incubator for innovation, best practices, and reform in Philadelphia's schools. ...More

Califonia Student Oppurtunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)

Program to Watch
Cal-SOAP works to improve the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid as well as raise the achievement levels of low-income elementary and secondary school students. ...More

California State University Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

Program that Works
ERWC prepares high school juniors and seniors for the California English Placement Examination through a full-year, college -level preparatory English course. ...More

Career Planning Survey

This tool helps students in grades 8-10 begin thinking about and planning for careers ...More

Case Western Reserve University, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) PSM

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Formed in 1999, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) at Case Western Reserve University consist of Professional Science Master’s degrees in Biology (Entrepreneurial Biotechnology track), Chemistry (Entrepreneurship track), and Physics (Entrepreneurship track). ...More

Cities for Success: A BHEF Leadership Summit

November 1st, 2010
By Jeanne Contardo, Director of Programs, BHEF
Blog Post
Last week high-level delegations from Des Moines, Iowa, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, including the cities’ mayors; superintendents; business, higher education, and philanthropy leaders; as well as dozens of other national leaders engaged in education improvement, attended Cities for Success: A BHEF Leadership Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. ...More

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Program that Works
CAMP is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Education to offset the cultural, academic, and financial barriers that stand between migrant farm worker families and college success. ...More

College Bound

Program to Watch
The General Electric (GE) College Bound combines academic and financial preparation to make college a reality for disadvantaged students. ...More

College for Every Student (CFES)

Program that Works
CFES is dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between schools and colleges that help underserved youth gain access to and succeed in college ...More

College-Going Culture Toolkit from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

This toolkit provides resources for promoting a college-going culture in the middle school years. ...More

Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers

Program that Works
This program allows middle and high school science teachers to participate in summer lab studies in their chosen field. ...More