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Prototype Bank: Learner-centered Models

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I.PASS (Ivy Parents Achieve Success with Support)

Tested
Funded by: ECMC Foundation
This pilot will build a Single Moms Cohort that receives dedicated wrap-around support services, workforce-aligned programming, flexible online support and community building, and access to resources from community partners. Components of this pilot are launching
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Flexible Learn + Earn

Tested
Funded by: ECMC Foundation
This pilot focuses on industry-aligned learn-and-earn opportunities for single mother learners to further their education and careers while financially supporting their families. They will receive holistic support through comprehensive case management, career navigation, and community
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Hybrid Undergraduate Degree Business Program

Tested
This prototype is a marketing package for a novel academic model that Catholic University of America is delivering alongside Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, for a target of less than $10k/year. It describes program
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MCC’s Single Moms Success Initiative

Tested
Funded by: ECMC Foundation
This pilot will include wraparound services, financial assistance, specialized coursework, and formation of a coalition for single mother learners. Components of this pilot are launching on a rolling basis starting in fall 2020.
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SkillsBooster

Tested
Funded by: Walmart.org
This prototype is a micro-credentialing package focused on helping incumbent frontline employees to develop, benchmark, and demonstrate 21st century skills mastery with the aim of positioning them for middle skills jobs and improved earning potential.
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Certificate Plus

Tested
Funded by: Walmart.org
This prototype is a micro-credentialing package focused on helping incumbent frontline employees to develop, benchmark, and demonstrate 21st century skills mastery with the aim of positioning them for middle skills jobs and improved earning potential.
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Facilitator Badge

Tested
This prototype is a community learning program / course (built in Canvas) that is intended to create a first cohort of facilitators who are equipped to employ a learn-and-earn experience for the Lab’s 21st Century
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University of West Alabama: Second-year Experience

Tested
Funded by: UNCF
This prototype is an online repository for alumni testimonials and links to content to help learners develop 21st century skills that provide targeted career exploration by major or industry, allowing learners to learn more deeply
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Business Marketing Pathways

Tested
This prototype is a curriculum pathway that builds upon early career assessment in high school and then incorporates dual credit to reduce the number of credits needed at the 2nd and 4th year of enrollment.
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Guided Pathways

Tested
Learners are often overwhelmed by the amount of information thrown at them when it comes to transfer. This program is a guided pathway utilizing peer-to-peer training that will help these learners understand where they are
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Centralized Advanced Hub

Tested
Student focus groups conducted for this project suggest that inaccurate and poorly timed information about the transfer process is a key source of student frustration. This program provides a single authoritative source for information for
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New Business Degree

Tested
Learners’ academic plans change over time; there are students who wish to transfer schools, but will not complete the transfer because many courses do not articulate across universities and University of North Texas has an
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STEM AA Degree

Tested
Miami Dade College offers one completely transferable degree: the Associate’s degree (AA). However, learners interested in STEM pathways are often confused by the number of required general education hours and the number of courses needed
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Triple Enrollment

Untested
High school students in the triple enrollment program would be allowed to pick from a set of carefully selected hospitality courses offered either at a local community college or online and earn credit upon their
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Entry-Level+

Untested
Funded by: Academy of Hope
Entry level+ designates to the employer that the employee is well positioned to advance sooner than later based upon their skills and awareness of the opportunities for growth. While the employee may start in an
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In-House Academy

Untested
The In-House Academy concept is about identifying and developing talent from within and onsite, at the property. There are models of experiential hospitality programs at the high school level and a handful of quality, trusted
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Critical Thinking Badge

Tested
This prototype is an assessed badge using the CLA+ critical thinking assessment to determine and credential a student’s critical thinking abilities. The prototype for this micro-credential is now widely available as a part of the
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Apprenticeship Baked into Liberal Arts Degree

Untested
This prototype was a full on design for how to integrate paid full year apprenticeships into the junior year of students at the New Century College at GMU.
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