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Thursday May 5, 2016
By: Jaime Fall and Kathy Mannes One year later, it’s nice to see progress being made. Last year, the Obama Administration launched an UpSkill movement to encourage employers and others to invest in frontline workers. Last week, Lumina Foundation, Aspen’s UpSkill America, and CAEL’s Business Champions hosted an event to celebrate the progress toward this goal, which is reflected in commitments from companies as well as labor, community colleges, workforce providers, and other public and private partners. There was a lot of good news. Companies reported on innovative and practical solutions...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement, Credentials, Work-Based Learning
Tuesday April 26, 2016
The Department of Justice has designated this week, April 25-29 as National Reentry Week in an effort to highlight the difficult and critical work that takes place across the country to enable youth and adults to successfully reenter their communities after incarceration. Getting a good job is critical to successful reentry, and in today’s economy people need a postsecondary credential to secure steady employment with a livable wage. Strong education and training programs are needed to make good on the promise of a second chance after incarceration.  The Department of Education has made...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Reentry
Thursday April 7, 2016
A professor is helping two students in a classroom
Principle 4. Additional academic support should be integrated with gateway college-level course content — as a co-requisite, not a pre-requisite. Principle Four opens the question of what needs to be done for students who enter college with skills so low that it is not likely they can benefit from default placement in a college-level course. The honest answer is that we don’t know. Whatever the eventual solutions, student supports will need to be a central feature. Principle Four focuses on “additional academic support,” but I argue that “additional support” needs to go far beyond the...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday April 5, 2016
College students taking a test
The first of the Core Principles states: Every student’s postsecondary education begins with an intake process to choose an academic direction and identify the support needed to pass relevant credit-bearing gateway courses in the first-year. This dry, bureaucratic statement conceals a call for radical transformation of the entire intake and advisement process at community colleges across the nation. Historically, the intake process was designed to weed out students deemed “not ready” for college-level work. Such students were directed into developmental education courses that could take...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education, Dropout Recovery
Tuesday March 29, 2016
There are startling statistics that we can no longer ignore. A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 4% chance of moving into the top quintile. Half of black Americans are born poor and stay poor. Most black, middle-class children are downwardly mobile. These data points reflect the growing inequality, lack of economic mobility, and increasing numbers of Americans living in poverty and insecurity. Like many of you, Jobs for the Future is doubling our efforts to change this deeply troubling and painful reality in the land of opportunity.  At JFF we are committed to...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Summit, Economic Mobility