Three Wisconsin education systems are forming a partnership in service of a common goal: increase the number of working-age adults with an education credential beyond high school.

The project, 60 Forward is a collaboration between The University of Wisconsin (UW) System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

“We need to make sure that the technical colleges are open-access institutions so anyone that can come learn, they can come to learn,” WTCS Director of Strategic Advancement Conor Smyth said in an interview, Madison 365 reports.

60 Forward’s stakeholders are all working with the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Indianapolis. The Lumina Foundation has committed to assisting Wisconsin’s education systems create opportunities for learning beyond high school to all residents, focusing on those between the ages of 25 and 64.

“Employers absolutely want and need education providers to provide education. We just have to change how we do it,” Smyth said.

Read more about how “60 Forward” can help residents in Madison