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


Thursday January 29, 2015
I was the first in my family to go to college. For many early college high school students, this is their reality, and this reality is one I share. I was in high school in Boston over 25 years ago and, at the time, had very limited knowledge of college, but was constantly told that I should go. I did go, but was woefully underprepared in every way you can imagine. To succeed in college and careers, students need even more than just academic proficiency. They must also have college-ready skills, such as study skills, self-advocacy skills, and the ability to navigate campus resources, from...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday January 13, 2015
This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on December 12, 2014. There's something about technology that tends to bring out the hyperbole in otherwise reasonable people. Strike up a casual conversation about the latest advance in virtual reality, say, or robotics, or artificial intelligence, and the next thing you know you'll be tossing around terms like transformational, revolutionary, and game-changing or, if you prefer your glass half empty, phases like "more dangerous than nuclear weapons." So when my colleagues and I at Jobs for the Future's Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Saturday January 10, 2015
Courtyard of a Community College
5 Key Principles for Policymakers to Keep in Mind President Obama’s proposal to expand recent state efforts to make two years of community college available tuition free is a bold move that could help improve life prospects for as many as nine million Americans. Increasing affordability reduces a major barrier to college access and completion, which are vital to increasing individual economic mobility and the economic health of our country.  Jobs for the Future focuses on helping underprepared youth and adults succeed in postsecondary education and family-supporting careers. Through our work...
Tags: Career Pathways, Developmental Education, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Competency Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
Monday December 22, 2014
We at JFF are encouraged by the innovative work some states are doing to finance integrated career pathways. These states understand that state-level investments to help low-income individuals move into careers can in turn increase state tax revenues. Washington has found such a solution through the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Training (SNAP E&T), an offshoot of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP E&T, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, began as a means of providing low-income adults and families, a...
Tags: Career Pathways, State-Local Higher Education Policy, Adult Basic Education
Wednesday December 17, 2014
Originally posted on Getting Smart on December 16, 2014  By Clare Bertrand & Scott Emerick Choosing a college, selecting a course of study or training program, and launching a career path are not easy choices for anyone and the stakes for these decisions are highest for low-income students. There are currently 6.7 million 16- to 24-year-olds in America who are not currently in school or working. We are part of a growing movement calling these young people "opportunity youth." The great news is that despite their disconnection from education and employment, these young people have...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Blended Learning