We offer project-based support to organizations seeking to expand and improve the options available to students in pursuing lifelong learning, meaningful work, social support, and financial stability.

Our Services

The Arena remains expert on the changing landscape of higher education and workforce development, positioned with resources and relationships so that we can support schools in going the extra mile demanded to support students. We seek to connect and coordinate across sectors, supporting and spotlighting the work of schools and strengthening their knowledge base, infrastructure, and partnerships.

Research & Analysis
Research & analysis
  • Conducting and sharing school-to-work research
  • Identifying and sharing best practices and models
  • Analyzing market trends and key players within the ecosystem
Tools & Resources
Tools & Resources
  • Ideation, design, and implementation of potential programming
  • Refining or scaling existing programs
  • Change management, including optimizing staffing, budgeting, and communications
Partnership Development
Partnership Development
  • Identifying prospective partners and selection criteria
  • Prioritizing and initiating relationships with prospective partners
  • Negotiating terms and growth of partnerships
Program Development
Program Development
  • Designing and implementing career navigation assessments
  • Developing labor-market-informed career navigation tools
  • Creating bespoke datasets to inform programming
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Our partners

Earn & Learn
Western Governors University
Rivet School
State of Connecticut
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Da Vinci Schools
Oakland Athletics
Foundry College
City and County of San Francisco
Together Education
Oakland Unity High School
Summit Public Schools
Kaiser Permanente
Stanford GSB Center for Social Innovation
Walton Family Foundation
Bay Area Council
Metrix Learning
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Da Vinci Schools

"We have a college extension program called DVX, which allows students to pursue college – AA and/or BA – or work in a 13th year as a bridge to their future. The Arena's support helped us determine the best way to operate this program within our network and share it to enable other institutions to create their own. They strengthened our operating model and growth plan, mapped funding sources and recommendations for financial sustainability, and helped us determine a stable plan for continued success and ability to support others with the same."

– Matt Wunder, CEO

Western Governors University, Academy

"The Arena assisted us with our growth plan by optimizing our market research and strategy. They designed a partnership strategy that mapped K12, higher ed, and corporate institutions in our relevant geographies, recommended criteria and prioritization, and led the partnership development and implementation to enable us to scale to serve more students."

– Anna Frachou, WGU Academy Strategic Partnerships
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State of Connecticut

"The Arena was instrumental in supporting the state of Connecticut in reforming and streamlining our new state workforce development infrastructure such as the creation of our new state Office of Workforce Strategy, innovative training programs and educational models in healthcare and IT, and the deployment of millions of federal stimulus dollars to partner with districts, community colleges, and employers to support workers and students statewide during the Covid-19 Pandemic."

– Governor Ned Lamont

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