In 2011, the organization joined a national pilot that tested the WorkAdvance career pathway program across four communities. Locally coordinated by Towards Employment with support from the Fund for Our Economic Future, the pilot evaluated about 700 would-be workers in Cuyahoga County. Most program participants came from minority and underrepresented neighborhoods.
The WorkAdvance model centers on industry-specific recruitment, work experience and career planning. The program also includes post-employment advancement coaching and in-house legal services to address economic mobility barriers.