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


Tuesday January 31, 2012
JFF On President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address
This blog was written by former JFF President and CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. President Obama’s blueprint for revitalizing America’s manufacturing industry, growing clean energy jobs, and preparing our workers for the 21st century will be a great step forward in rebuilding our economy. An important part of that plan is his call for new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and place 2 million skilled workers. As the President’s plan noted, “In today’s global economy, a college education is no longer just a privilege for some, but rather a prerequisite for all.” To reach...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Early College, Opportunity Youth
Thursday January 12, 2012
Some Good News on the Jobs Front
The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) brought some good news to start the New Year: There were 200,000 new payroll jobs and unemployment continued to trend downward at 8.5% in December 2011. BLS reported that, from June 2010 to June 2011, employment increased in 215 of the 322 largest U.S. counties. Interestingly, one of the regions of the country hardest hit by the recession, Ottawa, MI, posted the largest rate of employment increase, with a gain of 4.7% over the year, compared with national job growth of 0.9%. Within Ottawa, the largest employment increase...
Tags: Health Care, Labor Market Information, Manufacturing
Thursday January 12, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education is now considering applications from 11 states seeking flexibility through waivers from up to 10 provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Regardless of one’s position on the waiver process itself, the Department is to be commended for its commitment to college and career readiness. However, as the waiver process proceeds, states and the Department must take care to preserve progress already made on graduation rate accountability. It is clear from the 11 state waiver proposals that accountability indices and multiple measures are the future of...