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


Monday September 15, 2014
Students working in a kitchen prepping food
It’s encouraging to see some good news emerging on the unemployment front lately. The overall unemployment rate, which peaked at 9.9 percent in April 2010, fell to 6.1 percent in August 2014. But for 16-24 year olds looking for work, the situation remains terrible. The unemployment rate of this segment of young adults was 14.2 percent in July 2014, more than double the rate of the general population. Numbers for young people of color are much worse. Roughly one in four African American youth and almost one in five Latino youth are unemployed. Even more disconcerting, the general consensus is...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth, Workforce Partnership
Thursday August 28, 2014
Originally posted as part of the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy's blog on August 19th.  In this blog, JFF Program Director Gloria Mwase, reflects on the expansion and integration of adult education across the country, and the continued need for federal support to promote the success of integrated pathways. The last few years have been an exciting time in adult education, as prior efforts to connect these services to career pathways are expanding and solidifying! We see strong recognition of adult education’s contributions to regional economies through the development of a skilled...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, Literacy
Monday August 25, 2014
By guest
The Big Idea
In spring 2014, seniors at Hudson High School for Learning Technologies in NYC worked on a semester-long independent study project that required interaction with experts in a professional field By Joy Nolan, Instructional Designer/Curriculum Specialist for Digital Ready In summer 2013, Digital Ready, a program from New York City Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness, began work with 10 high schools to promote research-based student-centered innovations, largely based on ideas and papers (such as Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice) from Students at the Center, an...
Tags: Student-centered Learning
Wednesday August 20, 2014
Integrated career pathways have emerged as a promising strategy for helping academically underprepared individuals to pursue, progress through, and complete the education and training needed to attain industry-recognized credentials and family-supporting jobs. Integrated career pathways incorporate the teaching of basic skills or English as a second language with technical content (e.g., health care, advanced manufacturing, automotive repair) in order to accelerate students’ transitions into and through college-level technical pathways. Many states across the country are creating or...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, State-Local Higher Education Policy
Monday August 11, 2014
Originally published as a guest blog on the It'sNotAcademic blog of Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, as part of Voices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference, Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades. This blog can also be read in French/en français. Right now, the United States is facing a major skills and educational attainment gap. Family-supporting jobs increasingly require a postsecondary credential. It’s estimated that, by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs will require education beyond high school, but 62% of adults today lack any credential beyond a high school...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education