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An Urban Institute-led partnership will work to support community and technical colleges with the transition to online learning. The project includes a focus on closing completion gaps, particularly for Black and Latino students in online, credit-bearing bearing career and technical education programs.

The ECMC foundation is contributing $2.5 million to the effort, which will include the National Council for Workforce Education, the Instructional Technology Council and others in a coalition that will support 15 community and technical colleges.

“CTE programs play an important role in preparing students for good jobs. Even prior to the pandemic, there was evidence of equity gaps for students of color,” Shayne Spaulding, a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, said in a statement. “As so many programs have been forced online, this exciting new collaboration is in a unique position to support colleges in making their programs more inclusive and accessible, ultimately leading to higher success for students.”