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The leader in linking learning and work, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) pursues work at all levels within the public and private sectors to enhance learning opportunities for adults around the world.

CAEL's Vision

Meaningful learning, credentials and work for every adult.

CAEL's Mission

We advocate and innovate on behalf of all adult learners, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, to enhance their economic and educational opportunities. We do this in partnership with postsecondary institutions, employers, government and communities. We conduct research and develop services and tools to expand opportunities for learning, employability and career success.

CAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V.



Pamela Tate, President and CEO of The Council for Adult And Experiential Learning (CAEL)


CAEL and STRADA strong mission alignment



New CAEL-Strada Partnership Will Expand Credential Pathways for Working Adults

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national nonprofit working at the intersection of education and employment, has joined Strada Education Network’s growing family of organizations working to improve student success and strengthen college-to-career pathways. Other network members include InsideTrack, Roadtrip Nation, College Confidential, DXtera Institute, Education at Work and Student Connections.


“This partnership is about increasing equitable access to higher education and careers, increasing completion of credentials, and improving career prospects for underserved populations, including the more than 80 million U.S. adults who have a high school diploma but lack a postsecondary degree,” said CAEL President and CEO Pamela Tate. “Our affiliation with Strada will enable us to have even greater impact on our mission to link learning and work for every adult.”


According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), nearly 40 percent of degree-seeking students are 25 or older. As today’s careers increasingly demand the skills and knowledge gained through degree or credential completion, increasing access to higher education opportunities has become a top national priority for educators, employers and community leaders alike.


With a 43-year history of successful partnerships with employers, education institutions, workforce and economic development leaders, CAEL brings deep expertise and unique capacity to support adult and working learners on their path to and through higher education as well as to meet the critical talent needs of employers.


As part of Strada Education Network, CAEL will continue to offer valued solutions and services across the education-to-workforce pipeline, including:


  • Employer-Education Partnerships: Providing employers with talent management, career development and education solutions that enable employees to pursue career pathways and educational experiences at the same time.
  • Learning in Context: Helping higher education institutions and systems support and graduate adults, veterans and other underserved populations of students.
  • New Pathways: Research and advocacy to eliminate barriers to education access and success for all individuals.
  • Economic Development: Delivering expert insights that help community leaders drive economic growth by fostering conditions that support a robust and talented workforce.


CAEL will continue to engage the wide range of partners and funders who share CAEL’s commitment to these efforts and provide support to make these programs possible. Through its affiliation with Strada, CAEL will have access to additional research and insights to benefit its work on behalf of members and partners, increased support for innovation and technology-enabled solutions, and enhanced operational capacity through shared administrative services provided by Strada that will help CAEL scale and sustain its mission impact.


“As higher education becomes a prerequisite for success in our dynamic modern economy, addressing the needs of working adults is both a moral and economic imperative,” said William D. Hansen, President and CEO of Strada Education Network and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. “We welcome CAEL’s talented team of experts to our network bringing decades of experience, collaborating with employers, individuals, and communities to unlock the promise of higher education.”


CAEL's expertise, programs and services are needed now more than ever.

Together with Strada, CAEL can accelerate and expand its impact to help even more adult learners, employers and economic/workforce development partners tackle the urgent challenges and ppportunities in today's "world of work."


Partnerships and collaboration have always been core to CAEL's values and model to deliver its mission. These values are shared by Strada as evidenced by its Network approach to deliver its mission of Completion With a Purpose.

Strada is excited to welcome CAEL into our growing family of national leaders accelerating student and employer success. As a Network, we leverage our combined strengths to increase our collective social impact, expand our infulence and enahnce our parthership value.


What does this mean for CAEL’s members and partners?

  • While we anticipate that being part of Strada Education Network will enhance the benefits of CAEL membership and partnerships over time, there is no immediate impact on current membership benefits and partner agreements.
  • Members and partners will continue to receive the same high level of service they have come to expect. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate how being part of Strada will strengthen our capacity to serve them.


We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document for you to view and/or download.

View CAEL Strada Affiliation FAQs




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OPTION 1. Support CAEL's Work

Donate to support CAEL's mission of linking learning and work.
CAEL is best positioned to succeed at advancing our nation's workforce.

OPTION 2. The Forward Together Fund (FTF)

The Forward Together Fund (FTF) is a group of donors uniting with CAEL for American Success and is led by members of CAEL's Leaders Council who contribute at a level of $10,000 and above.The FTF is an ongoing fundraising initiative that allows CAEL to respond quickly to the policy and advocacy needs of our adult learner constituents not covered by CAEL's funders.

The truth is that the majority of CAEL's current revenue sources don't fund policy or advocacy, nor research and development. With only a small pool of funders that support adult postsecondary degree attainment and/or workforce development programs, your support is urgent. To read more about the Forward Together Fund click here.

OPTION 3. Your Estate or Planned Gift

If you would like to talk to us about making a Planned Gift involving your will, estate, assets or trust, contact us.


Additional Support: Amazon Smile and CAEL

Did you know that the Amazon Smile Program will donate 0.5% of your purchases to CAEL, if you designate it as your charity of choice?  Amazon is supporting over a million nonprofits, and CAEL is one of them. The process is easy. Just visit smile.amazon.comYou will be asked to support a charity first, and you can select CAEL and then, shop like normal. It's a simple and easy way to donate to our work with your everyday purchases at Amazon!