Founded in 1983, Jobs for the Future began as a regional nonprofit working with a few states to assess their workforce needs—helping employers find skilled workers, and helping workers move into higher-wage jobs. Today, we work to expand the college, career, and life prospects of low-income youth and adults across 25 states.
Building on 30 years of experience, we are working to fix all “leaks” along the education-to-career pipeline. We aim to ensure that employers have the skilled workers needed to succeed in today's economy. We also design and recommend federal and state policies to support these innovations.
The promise of education and economic mobility in America is achieved for everyone.
Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy.
Jobs for the Future designs and drives the adoption of innovative, scalable approaches and models—solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems.
To achieve our mission, we focus on three goals:
- All lower-income young people graduate high school on a clear path to college completion and career success.
- All underprepared students gain the skills they need to earn postsecondary credentials with high labor market value.
- All lower-skilled workers obtain the education and training required to move into family-supporting careers with clear paths for advancement.
We organize our work into three areas to align with our goals:
- Preparing for College and Career
- Earning Postsecondary Credentials
- Advancing Careers and Economic Growth
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