Helping adults go back to and through college requires the engagement and investment of many in the community
We partner with colleges and universities that are adult-friendly. Partner colleges help with advising and often provide scholarships and other incentives for working adults.
Our partner employers are investing in developing local talent. Some offer tuition benefits and other incentives for working adults.
We work with elected and appointed government officials to improve policies that can benefit working adults and to spread the word about postsecondary educational opportunities for adults in our community.
We coordinate and collaborate with our workforce system and economic development organizations to make sure that working adults have up to date and relevant information about career opportunities in our community, and access to resources to help build their careers.
We work closely with social service organizations to spread the word about our services, and to connect working adults to services that can help with financial, health, logistics, and other non-academic issues that can hinder an adult learner’s success.
We rely on the generous support of our funders to keep our services free to working adults. These organizations recognize the importance of investing in our own – adults in the community so that they, in turn, can support their family, friends, and neighbors.
Our Advisory Council oversees Upgrade’s work, bringing knowledge and expertise from their prior experiences as it relates to workforce development initiatives. These partners meet every other month.
Our Higher Education Partners include Alamo Colleges District, University of Incarnate Word- School of Professional Studies, Western Governors University- Texas, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. These partners gather on a quarterly basis to discuss outreach, enrollment, and retainment of returning adult learners.