Innovation Cohort


Over the course of two years, the Innovation Cohort, comprised of cross-sector state, regional and local teams from five states, will come together to engage in a Design Thinking process to identify systems-level barriers and develop next-generation solutions for some of the most pressing challenges in college and career pathways.

Site teams will perform a three-month empathy research and data collection process to gather local voices and experiences from learners and families. The effort will conclude with the development of state-specific pilot projects that will be ready for testing and scaling and eventually shared nationally.

Each site has been selected because they have a strong history of seeding innovation within their college and career pathways systems.

Click on each site below to see the participating site partners.

Colorado Succeeds
Littleton, CO

Colorado Commission on Higher Education
Denver, CO

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI)
Denver, CO

Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, CO

Reach University

Summit School District
Frisco, CO

Wilmington, DE

Appoquinimink School District
Odessa, DE

Delaware Department of Education (DDOE)
Dover, DE

Delaware Technical Community College
Dover, DE

Delaware Workforce Development Board
Wilmington, DE

Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

Township High School District 214
Arlington Heights, IL

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Springfield, IL

Illinois Community College Board
Springfield, IL

Illinois State Board of Education
Chicago, IL

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Deerfield, IL

Vandalia Community School District #203
Vandalia, IL

Ohio Excels
Columbus, OH

Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
Columbus, OH

Ohio Association of Community Colleges
Columbus, OH

Ohio Department of Higher Education
Columbus, OH

The PAST Foundation
Columbus, OH

Ohio Department of Education
Columbus, OH

Educate Texas, Communities Foundation of Texas
Dallas, TX

Greater Houston Partnership
Houston, TX

Texas Association of Community Colleges
Austin, TX

Texas Business Leadership Council
Austin, TX

Texas Student Success Council
Austin, TX

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