Strengthening postsecondary education and workforce training can increase economic mobility and lead to better overall health in communities, research shows.
We work collaboratively with K–12, adult education, postsecondary, and industry leaders to build economic development systems that help bridge equity gaps for families and communities. Our technical assistance, professional development, evaluations, and data tools are designed to help you create equitable outcomes by:
- Promoting college and career readiness
- Boosting long-term job success
- Building economically resilient communities and stronger regional economies
Learn more about our Key Projects.
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- Randal TilleryFor more than 23 years, Randy Tillery has worked to build and implement workforce development, community development, and education strategies that increase economic mobility for underserved communities and individuals.View Full Bio
- Kathy BoothKathy Booth leads projects that help translate data into action. She currently serves as the Process Facilitator for developing the California Cradle to Career Data System. In addition, she supports the Guided Pathways movement, including researching, with the Community College Research Center, how colleges have integrated career and transfer partnerships into their pathways reform efforts.View Full Bio
- Svetlana DarcheSvetlana Darche brings extensive experience to evaluation, strategic planning, program design, and building cross-sectoral collaborations for system change and program improvement in education and social services. View Full Bio
- Blaire TosoBlaire Willson Toso engages in work that supports adult learners in realizing their education, career, and life goals. At WestEd, she manages the California Adult Education Pipeline Dashboard project, conducts research, provides professional development on topics such as career pathways development, and uses data and research to inform best practices. View Full Bio
- Alexandria WrightAlexandria Wright is a Senior Research Associate for Economic, Labor Market & Educational Data. She has been engaged in the field of regional economic development and labor economics for 15 years, emphasizing resilient communities and workforce development.
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Our Work in Action
We implement a broad range of projects that advance economic mobility in California and across the nation. The following projects illustrate the depth and breadth of our work.
Modernizing State Longitudinal Data Systems
We led the planning process for California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System that links existing education, workforce, financial aid, and social service information to equip leaders to improve outcomes for all students throughout the state. In addition to making an unprecedented volume of analytical data available to the public on pathways to education and career attainment, the data system provides tools related to:
- College and career exploration
- Applying to college and for financial aid
- Documenting learning
Find out how your state could lead a similar planning process.
WestEd’s understanding of the Cradle-to-Career pipeline has informed the design and facilitation of meetings of higher education and workforce partners, which has, in turn, led to the development of new, effective, and scalable student success strategies.
David Rattray, UNITE-LA
Supporting Nevada’s State Agency of Education with Regional K–14 Pathway Mapping
Our team conducted a statewide study of K–14 career pathway programs in Nevada comparing high school career education with college pathways and state and regional labor markets. In addition, we led regional planning sessions with educators across the state to help inform more robust intersegmental pathways to employment.