Preparing Workers and Employers for the Economy of the Future

HCM Strategists identifies contemporary student and employer needs and advances initiatives that provide focused pathways to postsecondary education and career success.

The world continues to rapidly evolve because of advances in technology. As a result, employers demand new qualifications. This evolution, which has been accelerated by a global pandemic, has ushered us into an era that requires continuous professional development – an era of lifelong learning. Upskilling, reskilling and outskilling are the new pillars of economic progress and are drivers of social and economic mobility.

HCM is committed to helping low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners find career-advancing paths that meet the demands of the modern job markets. Our diverse team collaborates with elected officials, institutions, business leaders, non-profit organizations, foundations and alternative providers of postsecondary credentials to ensure that these new and returning students have the skills and expertise needed for success in the 21st Century.


The HCM team works closely with some of the nation’s leading education organizations, foundations and the business community. Our decades of experience working with diverse, non-traditional groups together in coalitions has allowed us to cultivate purposeful relationships that collectively identify challenges and generate innovative ideas that lead to meaningful action.

Connecting Learning and Work
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  • Analyzing Middle Skills Jobs and Education Requirements

    Over the past several years, increasing the attainment level of U.S. citizens has dominated education-related policy discussions and decisions. Projections have revealed that ensuring workers are educated for middle as well as high skills jobs is essential to accomplishing these goals. While there doesn’t seem to be a consistently adopted method of identifying middle skills jobs, there is general agreement that they require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year college degree. It is also accepted that this can include more informal modes of education, such as on-the-job training.

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