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Tuesday June 30, 2015
Connections between the workforce and federal assistance programs at the state and local levels have not always been strong. However, that’s about to change as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In WIOA, Congress took a step that had been discussed within the beltway for almost a decade by requiring that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) become a mandatory partner in the workforce system (unless a governor decides to exclude TANF). This new requirement is a great step forward in many ways: Lays the groundwork for system-level coordination, resulting in an...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy
Tuesday June 30, 2015
Beyond Financial Aid: Six Strategies for Supporting Low-Income College Students
According to The Lumina Foundation, nearly one-third of American undergraduate students receive federal Pell grants, yet many do not complete their postsecondary degree because of financial challenges. Lumina recently released a guidebook, Beyond Financial Aid, for college administrators to improve financial aid and completion success for low-income students. Authored by our friends and partners at the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, Priyadarshini Chaplot, Darla M. Cooper, Rob Johnstone, and Kelley Karandjeff, the guidebook details six crucial strategies and emphasizes promising...
Tags: Adult Basic Education
Friday May 29, 2015
The California Career Pathways Trust is Making Waves
Today, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded $250 million to 40 new California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) local and regional consortia, doubling down on the state’s already unprecedented investment in career pathways and bringing the CCPT total to $500 million dollars and 79 grantees. Even though I have been involved in this work for years, and our Pathways to Prosperity Network helped inform the CCPT, I am nonetheless astounded and impressed by the Golden State’s investment in this important work. It will build on and advance decades of successful and diverse career...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Monday May 18, 2015
Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas By Vicki Ritterband and Rafael HellerThis article was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the vast majority of the nation’s schools, students are grouped by age and move along in lockstep from one yearlong course to the next until, at the end of the 12th grade, they acquire a sufficient number of credit hours—or Carnegie units—to graduate. It doesn’t matter whether they soak up the given material in September or barely grasp it in June;...
Tags: Competency Education, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday May 13, 2015
In an economic era where having a postsecondary credential is required to secure a family-supporting career, too many young people never finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a degree or credential. This hurts individuals and our economy, which is weakened when jobs go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. One problem is that our nation’s high schools were never designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education or training. In times when a high school diploma was more likely to lead to a good job, this might have been acceptable. It certainly is not now. The...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways