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Breaking down the barriers between higher learning and the workforce.

It’s time to Widen The Path.

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Thirty-nine million Americans have some college but no degree. Colleges and universities currently fail to graduate 40% of the students they enroll.  Employers are faced with a devastating skills gap making it impossible to find the right hires.


When we fail to meet the challenges of today’s reality, it has a devastating impact on students, communities, and the economy. 


It doesn’t have to be this way.



our vision

A new
Learning economy

Imagine a future where higher learning is flexible, accessible, and responsive to a changing world. Imagine institutions that recognize all learning, whether it happens at a four-year college or on-the-job at an apprenticeship. Imagine a wider path with on-ramps to work and further education and stronger connections between community colleges, universities, and workforce training. 


This future is within our reach.


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The Edge: Adult Students Need ‘More Ladders and Fewer Chutes’

-Chronicle of Higher Education


The new Congress has an opportunity to modernize our approach to learning and working.

-The Hill

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A more inclusive view of higher learning begins with thinking about it as more than a one-and-done experience

-The Job


Widen the Path ON Capitol Hill!

On September 20th, 2022 Widen the Path advocates visited more than 100 congressional offices to deliver a fun game with a serious message: we need more ladders. Our special edition of "Chutes and Ladders" highlights what our future can be if we Widen the Path - and the current challenges of system of higher learning today. 

WATCH: Video Recap of "Chutes & Ladders" Advocacy Day


Check out the social media recap of the day here!

our policy platform

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Strengthen connections between community colleges, universities, and workforce training programs.

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Create on-ramps to quality programs that lead to work and further education.

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Ensure students can enter in and out of education throughout their lives.

"As the economy continues to recover from the pandemic and maintain our global competitiveness, initiatives such as Widen the Path are critical to building and sustaining a well-equipped workforce. I am proud to be a board member of Higher Learning Advocates and to sign the Widen the Path Pledge."

- Hon. Luke Messer,

former Member of Congress

"Economic mobility depends on affordable and meaningful access to high-quality education and workforce development opportunities. Widen the Path is leading the way to ensure that today’s learners can connect all of their learning and apply those skills to ensure economic security for themselves and their families. I am proud to sign the Widen the Path pledge."

- Hon. George Miller,

former Chairman, House Education and Labor Committee

With your help, we can Break down the barriers between higher learning and the workforce and creating new opportunities for all of today’s students.


Join the Widen the Path movement by signing the pledge.

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