Education is a defining feature of the American dream—with education, future generations can attain financial security. But research shows that this promise does not apply evenly across gender, race, and place. Apprenticeships are re-emerging as sustainable bridges between education and employment, putting the American dream back in reach for millions previously been left behind.

Today’s apprenticeships aren’t the same as your grandparents’. On Wednesday, November 17, 2021 we learned from experts about how new models of apprenticeships are helping to close skill gaps, providing quality jobs for nontraditional learners, and strengthening our economy.


  • Jennifer Carlson, Co-Founder, Executive Director, WTIA Workforce Institute & Apprenticeship
  • Patricia Corley, EdD, Project Leader-Relationship Management/Apprenticeships, Bill J Priest Institute  – District Office, Dallas College
  • Andrea Glispie, MSW, Senior Director, Career Pathways, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Eric M. Seleznow, Senior Advisor and Founder, Jobs for the Future’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning