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


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
Monday August 4, 2014
Girl in library with books.
Mary Alice McCarthy has a great blog post on New America’s EdCentral discussing the new Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and its support of using adult education funds for integrated education and training programs like I-BEST and Accelerating Opportunity. She also very rightly points out without the reinstatement of the Ability to Benefit provision of Pell, these integrated models will be very difficult to sustain and scale—federal adult education funds can barely meet the national need for literacy and numeracy education, much less vocational training. This is a challenge that the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday July 22, 2014
America’s leaders are intensifying efforts to confront the persistent academic and societal disparities among black and Latino males and other young men of color. President Barack Obama’s transformative and morally just initiative My Brother’s Keeper has gathered leaders from the public and private sectors to build on proven solutions that address problems such as poverty, failing schools, and lack of career options that disproportionately affect millions of boys and young men of color. We at Jobs for the Future commend the President and his partners for shining a light on this population...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery, Federal K-12 Policy
Tuesday July 15, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of apprenticeship? Maybe you recall that Ben Franklin was a printer’s apprentice. Or, maybe you think of Donald Trump’s TV show. Unfortunately, most people don’t immediate think of apprenticeship as a viable pathway to a good job. Apprenticeship is not a workforce strategy that has had much traction in the United States of late. But it should be. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce, 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some level of postsecondary education—and 30 percent of those could be filled by apprenticeship. On July 14th, I...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways