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.
"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."
"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."
"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."