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


Thursday March 29, 2012
For 10 years now, early college high schools have demonstrated that young people underrepresented in higher education can succeed in college work. By blending high school and college, these schools guide students—primarily low-income and of color—through a seamless transition to postsecondary education. Over the last decade, early college has built a strong record of scale and success. More than 270 schools are serving 75,000 students, and we know early college works: these students are graduating and enrolling in college at far higher rates than average. As we look forward, early college...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Early College
Wednesday March 28, 2012
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An Open Letter to U.S. Representatives
March 27, 2012 Dear Representative: The Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce urges you in the strongest possible terms to reject House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget resolution, and ensure instead that our nation continues to make critical investments in the skills of the U.S. workforce. More than 13 million Americans remain out of work, yet employers across the country report that they struggle to find qualified workers to fill the 3.5 million current jobs openings. Yet Chairman Ryan’s FY 2013 budget resolution appears to nearly eliminate funding for...
Tuesday March 27, 2012
College Attainment for All
As educators, our primary focus should be preparing our students to succeed in the world that they will confront throughout their entire life. To thrive in this technologically advanced, global society those entering adulthood must, more than ever, complete a postsecondary course of study that prepares them for successful entry into a career pathway with the potential to earn a wage that will support their family and provide opportunities for advancement. In Texas, and across the country, there are huge gaps in educational attainment between different segments of our population. Economically...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy, STEM
Monday March 26, 2012
A recent NPR report has raised doubts about the value of a GED as an equivalent of a high school diploma and most importantly its value in the labor market. The report quotes a top lieutenant of the Los Angeles Unified School District saying: "If I were prepared today with a GED, and that's what I had as an 18-year-old, I'd be scared to death of the future." This view on the GED is not entirely new. We do know that study after study has shown GED graduates doing poorly once they transition to postsecondary education. A 2010 ACE report that tracked postsecondary outcomes of GED holders over a...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Thursday March 22, 2012
(Part 3 of a three-part blog entry) Getting to scale is a major goal of most initiatives both at JFF and across the country, but most of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. At the Achieving the Dream State Policy Meeting in Seattle, Washington on February 1st, Barbara Endel of JFF and Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director in Washington, led a roundtable discussion on this topic, drawing on both theory and practice (in particular, how Washington has scaled up its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Credentials