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National Student Clearinghouse Partners with OneTen to Improve Employment Pathways for Black Talent

The National Student Clearinghouse is partnering with OneTen, a coalition that aims to close the opportunity gap for Black talent by working with companies to hire Black Americans without four-year degrees.Rick TorresRick Torres

NSC will help OneTen find opportunities to expand employment pathways, identifying postsecondary institutions where potential candidates self-reported as Black or African American, last participated in postsecondary coursework from 2010-2020, and lack a four-year degree.

โ€œWe believe that this is a potentially landscape changing opportunity, to work in tandem with OneTen to realize their significant and imperative goal to support one million Black individuals who lack a four-year college degree pursue and advance their career opportunities,โ€ said NSC President and CEO Rick Torres. โ€œOur work at the Clearinghouse, in partnership with our participating institutions, will provide the powerful combination of data intelligence with actionable outcomes to assist OneTen.โ€

Most jobs (79%) paying more than $50,000 require a four-year degree. This automatically excludes the 76% of Black talent over age 25 with relevant experience who donโ€™t have baccalaureate degrees.

โ€œIn order to hire and advance Black talent, we first must be able to reach them,โ€ OneTen CEO Maurice Jones said. โ€œWeโ€™re delighted to team up with the National Student Clearinghouse, which holds verifiable and trusted data of millions of Americans. We are in a moment of incredible opportunity and economic resurgence, and this partnership will allow us to more easily identify talent and help them realize their ambitious career goals.โ€