AERA is the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its more than 25,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.

The Center on Education and Training for Employment engages with state, national, and international clients from education, governmental agencies, organized labor, and public and private entities to:
  • Generate knowledge useful for understanding workforce development.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate workforce development programs and policies that are informed by best practices and research.
  • Develop workforce development leaders who serve in a variety of roles and contexts.
  • Provide technical assistance in ways that will positively influence the actions of educational professionals, organization managers, and scholars involved in developing the current and future global workforce.
As a university-based research and development center, CETE has access to the foremost authorities on workforce development and related fields to fulfill its mission.

The Center on Education and Work (CEW) is a research, technical assistance, and resource provider within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1964, the Center has a rich tradition of assisting educators and career development practitioners with program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, professional development training, and career resources.

The mission of the Center for Learning Connections is to prepare learners to manage change and create successful futures. In recognizing the critical link between learning, the changing economy and workplace, our mission serves the needs of diverse populations in making successful transitions in their professional and personal lives. The Center achieves its mission by designing training and managing projects to help individuals and organizations respond to change and improve quality. We are especially effective in working with educators (at all levels and locations), human services and workforce development professionals, and community based organizations.

Community College Research Center’s (CCRC) extensive body of research provides a strong foundation on which to build new policies and initiatives to improve the outcomes of these institutions so integral to the higher education system, employment landscape, and national economy. Our mission is to conduct research on the major issues affecting community colleges in the United States and to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students.

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