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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Thursday November 13, 2014
The integrated career pathways model, first developed and piloted in Washington State, is a proven approach that enables Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English language learners to earn postsecondary, credit-bearing credentials. As we discussed in a previous post, Jobs for the Future has expanded the I-BEST model nationally through the Accelerating Opportunity initiative to 7 additional states and 78 community colleges. Although the evaluation is in its early stages, results from this expansion are promising. Over the last 30 months, the initiative has enrolled 6,200 students, roughly half...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Tuesday November 11, 2014
By guest
Dayton Early College Academy students learning science.
Recently, Jobs for the Future sat down with Principal Crystal L. Phillips from Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School in Dayton, Ohio, and asked her what makes her school special. (Experience early college at the National Early College Conference, taking place this December 9-10. Learn more and register at Engaging Traditionally Underserved Students Dunbar High School was the first school of its kind in the city of Dayton, Ohio, originally created for African-American students, and that tradition continues today. Tradition is an integral part of Paul...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday November 10, 2014
By guest
This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, authored by Heidi Andrade, School of Education Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany, Albany, NY. I was pleased to moderate the discussion at Jobs for the Future's launch event for its new Deeper Learning Research Series of white papers.  The ideas about teaching, learning, and assessment presented by the panelists—David Conley and James Taylor—are not new or radical, but they are critically important and extremely timely. Why "not new"?...
Tags: Student-centered Learning
Monday November 3, 2014
Labor market information (LMI) can provide great insight into the economic landscape of a region, and be used in so many ways that it is sometimes hard to know where to get started. To help the Newark Workforce Investment Board (WIB) analyze how to best use LMI within their increasingly data-driven decision making processes—a goal of their Workforce Innovation Fund project “Managing for Success,” a technical assistance subject matter expert, Lois Joy from Jobs for the Future, demonstrated how to use both traditional and real-time LMI to guide the WIB’s investments and increase accountability...
Tags: Labor Market Information
Tuesday October 21, 2014
As discussed in previous blogs, there is a storm of activity following the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the release of the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report. Last month, I had the privilege of attending the National Dialogue on Career Pathways that was hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services and had the opportunity to discuss the opportunities that WIOA brings for career pathways. Through these and other related efforts, it is clear that the national effort to...
Tags: Career Pathways