Strada Collaborative

Education at Work is a part of Strada Collaborative, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower all learners — and those who serve them — by providing the critical resources, educational support, and career experiences that lead to equitable education and employment pathways.

Our Supporting Organization

Strada Education Network works to identify, catalyze, and scale effective solutions that move individuals — especially those facing the greatest barriers to education and career success — beyond completion of degrees and credentials and into strong career paths.


Education at Work joined Strada’s network in 2015 as part of the national social impact organization’s philanthropic model of supporting mission-aligned, high-impact nonprofit organizations. Strada is dedicated to improving lives through purposeful connections between education and work.

Strada organizes its work around five areas of activity to help individuals translate their educational experiences into economic opportunity:

Research and Insights

Research is conducted by the Strada Institute for the Future of Work think tank and innovation lab, and Strada’s Consumer Insights practice, which has partnered with Gallup to create the nation’s largest database of consumer insights on educational experiences after high school.

Strategic Philanthropy

Through more than $125 million in grants since 2014, Strada supports organizations helping students to find the postsecondary path that’s right for them and to make purposeful connections between their education and career opportunities. This includes more than $19 million in grants in Indiana and nearly 6,000 local employee volunteer hours.

Mission-Aligned Investments

Through affiliates, Strada provides direct services, enabling the network to accelerate and scale innovative solutions from the ground up including: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), College Confidential, DXtera Institute, Education at Work, Emsi, InsideTrack, and Roadtrip Nation.

Strada Collaborative

Strada supports programs, policies, and organizations that strengthen connections between postsecondary education and opportunity in the U.S., with a focus on helping people who face the greatest challenges. We advance this mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, and Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, including CAEL, Education at Work, InsideTrack, and Roadtrip Nation. We collaborate with students, educators, employers, policymakers, and other partners to help create more equitable pathways to prosperity. 

National Engagement

Partnerships with national associations and direct work with states and metro areas strengthen and scale programs and policies central to advancing Strada’s mission.