Achieving Economic Mobility Through Innovative Approaches in Adult Education

WEDNESDAY 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Workforce – Garden Room

Research shows that as the economy evolves, the demand for education, skills, and credentials also increases. High-performing adult education providers are critical if individuals are to succeed in occupational training. Unfortunately, adult education and training programs are often siloed and may not be equipped to address the various barriers underserved populations face. Learn how two regional funders collaboratives are leveraging community-based partnerships to build capacity, close foundational and occupational skill gaps, and mitigate common barriers to adult education and employment.


  • Vicki Choitz, Consultant, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (Moderator)
  • Andrea Glispie, Director, Career Pathways and Pathways to Work, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Clarinda Harrison, Senior Director, Economic Prosperity; Executive Director, Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Alaina Jackson, Program Director, Workforce and Talent Initiatives (Foundational Skills), United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Linda Johnson, Executive Director, LIFT