These city-level pioneers in expanding college access are now taking a broader view of what it takes to improve economic mobility.
Women and girls still dramatically lag in participation, and both women and Black youth get less of a wage boost.
Through a new federal initiative, companies have agreed to build new programs across a wide range of industries and to hire 10K new apprentices in the next year.
The country’s unions are at the forefront of efforts to build up the workforce to meet demand in construction, manufacturing, and other high-need industries.
The state revived a stagnant program and doubled its apprenticeship pool in just four years. But its experience shows there’s no silver bullet for growth—just slow, on-the-ground work.