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

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Tuesday April 21, 2015
Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.   Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways.  In a recent conversation, a high school leader who is building...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, Competency Education
Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Community college pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle
Community college career pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle Jobs for the Future brought together education and workforce innovators and decision makers from across the country to share strategies for propelling underprepared youth and adults to college and career success at JFF’s Bridging the Gap conference April 7-9, 2015, in New Orleans. For two days, we heard from community college leaders, workforce development professionals, business owners, policymakers, and government officials, yet some of the most memorable moments came when three former...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday April 6, 2015
Universities on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown: What Will It Take to Redesign and Reinvigorate American Higher Education? Pretty much anyone you talk to in America today has an opinion about what’s wrong with our universities. Parents think they’re too expensive. Recent graduates fear being crushed by debt and ending up untrained for the current job market.  It’s safe to say that American universities are under fire—for everything from perpetuating inequality to failing to adapt to our digital age. In advance of the Zócalo event “What Are Universities For?”, we asked scholars: Does the...
Friday April 3, 2015
Amy Loyd at White House
Last week, I represented Jobs for the Future at a White House discussion focused on STEM high schools and business and industry’s role in supporting young people in their STEM and career-focused learning.  Convened by Change the Equation (CTEq), I joined a group of executives from leading national companies—such as Honda, IBM, and DuPont—as well as other nonprofits, federal agencies, universities, and practitioners to draft potential action steps for employers to support STEM learning in four key areas: Strategic Funding, Community STEM Advocates, Work-Based Learning Curriculum, and Student...
Tags: STEM, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs