The Working Learner Project

The Center proudly announces The Working Learner Project. The project, funded by the Trellis Foundation, will allow the Center to build on knowledge about working students in community colleges by investigating who these learners are and how connected their working lives and their educational lives are.

The Working Learner Project will feature the administration of a 12-item special-focus module with the 2019 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and the administration of a 15-item additional item set with the 2020 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). By incorporating these new additional item sets in its two large-scale national surveys, the Center will produce unique and actionable data regarding working students. The data collected will help colleges begin to think about how they can help students not only be students who work or workers who go to college, but instead students who are “working learners.”

The project will also include focus groups that will be conducted in fall 2020 with students and with faculty and staff at three colleges. The Center will release a national report on the working learner in spring of 2021 based on the data collected from SENSE and CCSSE, and the report will include quotes from the focus groups. The supporting report materials will include focus group video clips on the Center’s YouTube channel as well as focus group protocols that will be available on the Center’s website.