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Increasing Access to College Courses (ICAN)

​The ICAN project, led by Jobs for the Future (JFF) in partnership with Career Academies at Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW),The Learning Accelerator (TLA), and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) seeks to improve educational outcomes for students experiencing poverty and students of color by implementing high-quality online dual enrollment courses that integrate social-emotional learning (SEL).


Dual enrollment is core component of our Career Academies strategy and a proven method for increasing college and career readiness and improving educational outcomes in both high school and college. Online dual enrollment courses greatly expand access to this evidence-based intervention, while integrating SEL into these courses positions students for success in online course-taking. These innovative courses—known as ICAN courses—are the first of their kind.


JFF, GTCUW, and TLA will provide a cohort of postsecondary institutions and their school district/high school partners with funding as well as the training and technical assistance necessary to implement ICAN courses effectively and successfully over a three-year period. AIR, the third-party evaluator for this project, will assess the implementation and effectiveness of the ICAN model. Request for Applications is now open! Click here for more information. 

The application deadline is October 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Central Time).