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Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, entrepreneurship and inclusion.

Restoring robust economic mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Our current approach dates back more than 50 years to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty – a strategy that made a difference in its day but is no longer enough.

What’s needed is a new conversation: a new vocabulary, new voices from new places on the political spectrum, a new broader climate of concern – and a new national push to enhance opportunity.

Opportunity America is devoted to filling this gap, funneling ideas into the policy process and building consensus around a new agenda.

The organization’s principal activities: highlighting the need for a bolder opportunity agenda, developing policy proposals, driving new ideas on Capitol Hill, lifting up successful state initiatives and encouraging engagement by civil society, including employers.

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The indispensable institution: Taking the measure of community college workforce education - Virtual release of the Opportunity America community college survey, 9-14-21  
Noncredit workforce education: Using data to drive innovation - Educators and researchers discuss the implications of the Opportunity America community college survey, 9-28-21
Today’s students, tomorrow’s workforce: A roadmap for change at CUNY community colleges - Virtual release of Opportunity America report on the City University of New York, 9-20-21
Kentucky FAME: Fulfilling the promise of apprenticeship - Virtual release of Opportunity America-Brookings report on the Kentucky FAME apprenticeship program, 10-19-20


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