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


Friday December 9, 2011
"It broke me up into pieces and put me back together." That’s how a young woman described her experience at Training Futures in Northern Virginia when I visited there in 2009. She was enrolled in an internship at a local company, handsomely dressed and beaming with confidence when I sat across the table from her during a visit one afternoon in late spring 2009. Yet just a couple of years earlier, having dropped out of school she was desperately looking for guidance in her life and a job to provide for her family. Training Futures was one of several dozen programs I visited to identify the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Friday December 9, 2011
Colleges Want More Real-time Labor Info
Since our recent announcement of the Credentials That Work project along with the release of our report, Aligning Community Colleges to Their Local Labor Market: The Emerging Role of Online Job Ads for Providing Real Time Intelligence about Occupations and Skills in Demand, we have received a large volume of inquiries from community colleges, universities and workforce development programs about the project. This response suggests to us that there is growing interest in the emergent innovation of real time labor market information. While we are currently unable to work with individual...
Tags: Labor Market Information
Tuesday December 6, 2011
Only twenty-five out of one hundred students who take developmental education ever earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, a fact that is unlikely to change without more strategic use of state policy. Many community colleges are working to improve completion rates, but successful innovation typically happens in isolation. The lack of coordinated effort reflects that local, state, and national infrastructure for systemic improvement is not up to the challenge of graduating academically underprepared students. This is why the third component of the Developmental Education Initiative State...
Tags: Developmental Education