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Thursday March 26, 2015
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Anna Shipp is the project manager for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners initiative at the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia. She is a valued member of the NatureWORKS Advisory Group. Read Anna's bio.  The City of Philadelphia is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to expand the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. Through the Green City, Clean Waters Plan, the Philadelphia Water Department committed to invest more than $2 billion over a 25-year period, starting in 2010.  A chief challenge of all employers—public or...
Tags: Green Skills, Workforce Partnership
Tuesday March 17, 2015
This is the final post in our series on state funding strategies to support integrated career pathways. It focuses on Kansas’ GED Accelerator and AO-K Proviso, two pieces of legislation designed to support students. Previously, we looked at Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds and Illinois’ performance-based funding system.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating Opportunity and why state-level solutions for support like this one are so critical.  ----- Performance-Based Incentive...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday March 16, 2015
Two students learning about the human skeleton.
Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team. Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students. The start provoked skepticism from school reformers of all persuasions. These early college high schools were designed to take young people who were working below...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Friday March 13, 2015
This post explores another example in our series about state funding solutions to support integrated career pathways. Work like this is part of our Accelerating Opportunity initiative, which leads more underserved learners through Adult Basic Education to a credential of value in the labor market through these pathways. Our previous post covered Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds to support education and job training for low-income adults.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating...
Tags: State-Local Higher Education Policy, Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday March 9, 2015
In February 2014, President Obama announced My Brother’s Keeper, a civic call to arms to government, individuals, leading foundations, and corporations to each contribute to help young men of color get the support and training they need to become productive citizens. As part of the initiative, the President set up a task force made up of key members of his cabinet to coordinate federal efforts directed at young men of color. I applaud the President for his leadership on this issue and for leveraging the brand, bully pulpit, and visibility of the White House to draw attention to boys and men...