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


Friday March 29, 2013
High School and College: A Perfect Union
“High school and college have been working so well together in our county, we wanted them to get married.” So quipped Dr. Austin Obasahan, Superintendent of Duplin County (NC) Schools to D.C. policymakers last Wednesday. But can high school and college really come together in a successful union for high school students? Data show a resounding “yes.” Early college high school designs and dual and concurrent enrollment courses have been growing fast as college readiness, access, and completion strategies nationwide, particularly for minority and low-income youth, the latest National Center for...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday March 26, 2013
Early College: Stronger than Ever
Eleven years after the Early College High School Initiative launched, the early college movement has achieved a great deal. There are now more than 75,000 students in early college schools across the country who graduate high school and enroll in college at far higher rates than their peers. Nearly all of them earn college credit before high school graduation, and nearly a quarter graduate with Associate’s degree in hand. As we reflect on early college’s impact, JFF is focused on expanding early college opportunities to far more students across the country, particularly those in...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Thursday March 21, 2013
February was National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, so it seems appropriate to acknowledge and continue this celebration of college and career readiness by renewing our call for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal grant that provides critical funding for these programs in public high schools and two-year colleges. What CTE Month highlighted this year is the national urgent need to prepare students to earn postsecondary credentials and develop the work skills needed to succeed in today’s careers. However, federal CTE...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, State-Local K-12 Policy
Monday March 18, 2013
Accelerating Opportunity, Jobs for the Future’s multistate initiative to redesign Adult Basic Education (ABE), is entering its second year of implementation. Drawing on the findings of the Accelerating Opportunity evaluators (the Urban Institute) and our own experiences as the managing partner, we can reflect back on the design phase, from December 2010 to November 2011, and how that set the stage for rapidly implementing pathways to good jobs and family-sustaining wages in eight states. (Click here for more information on the details of the design stage.) Careful attention to design...
Tags: Adult Basic Education
Tuesday March 12, 2013
Workforce Innovation Fund: Lessons Learned So Far
Over the past several months, a group of five workforce development intermediaries have engaged with representatives of the twenty-six Workforce Innovation Fund grantees, in order to initiate a comprehensive program of technical assistance (TA) services. Our TA coaches work with grantees to identify specific areas where project implementation may benefit from the provision of resources or assistance from a representative of our pool of subject matter experts. Coaches also seek to identify projects that are working on similar issues, in hopes of growing a community of learning in which...
Tags: Workforce Partnership