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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Friday April 11, 2014
Earlier this week, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, CLASP, and several other national organizations released a timely call for a national conversation on moving to a competency-based credentialing system. Such a system would create standards for clear, cross-industry credentials that recognize an individual’s competencies. We strongly agree that rationalizing this system should be a top priority if our economy is to prosper and give everyone in this country an opportunity to succeed. In its work with employers, workforce organizations, K-12, postsecondary education, and state and...
Tags: Competency-based Education, Credentials, Federal Workforce Policy, State-Local Workforce Policy
Tuesday April 1, 2014
In his recent New York Times column “Jobs and Skills and Zombies,” Paul Krugman argues that the skills gap is a complete “myth” that diverts attention away from the real issues of job growth and unemployment.  While there is no question that job creation is critical in getting the U.S. economy moving again, Krugman’s claim of a skills gap myth flies in the face of reality. Numerous studies have shown that there are regions and sectors across the country facing a shortage of skilled workers, especially for middle-skill jobs. More importantly, there is broad consensus that the future...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Federal Workforce Policy
Monday March 31, 2014
Teacher working with a student
Persistence and completion are major topics in the community college world these days. The upcoming AACC Annual Convention, for example, has numerous sessions dedicated to advancing college completion and promoting student success. At Jobs for the Future, we recognize that support services play a critical role in student persistence and completion, and as such, many of our initiatives focus on building out comprehensive, coordinated support systems. Our recent publication, Promoting Persistence Through Comprehensive Supports, examines what it means for a college to think systemically about...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career and Technical Education
Wednesday March 26, 2014
Early college gradutes
Early college high schools are going above and beyond in creating life-changing opportunities for our nation’s youth. Over a decade of compelling, longitudinal outcomes data and student success stories confirm that early college schools propel low-income youth, students of color, and first-generation college goers to graduate high school and attain postsecondary degrees. With the sixth annual Early College High School Week coming to a close, this year's Week has shifted the spotlight from what Early College Designs can do to how we can advance the movement by bringing this potent framework...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Health care staff with a patient and his wife
By Jan Hunter, Director, CareerSTAT, and Dr. Randall Wilson, Senior Project Manager Originally posted on the Huffington Post Blog on March 12, 2014 Healthcare consumers aren't the only ones impacted by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This game-changing legislation carries far-reaching impacts for thousands of frontline healthcare workers across the U.S. You see frontline healthcare workers in hospital lobbies and corridors—medical assistants, patient intake coordinators, dietary staff—each of whom plays a critical role in delivering care, but who...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy