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


Friday February 28, 2014
Homepage of the new JFF.ORG website
In this information age, teachers, administrators, policymakers, and education advocates alike struggle to stay on top of the latest happenings and key issues in education reform and workforce development. Staying in front of the research and finding cutting-edge programs or emerging innovative work can be invaluable, but finding the time to learn from others can be difficult.  Here at Jobs for the Future, we’re putting this information at your fingertips, literally, on has a new look but more importantly it now gives you the easiest access to Jobs for the Future’s...
Wednesday February 26, 2014
By Mary Gardner Clagett and Van Nguyen This blog celebrates CTE Month 2014. In the month of February, we are given the opportunity to celebrate the nation’s Presidents, Black History Month, and even St. Valentine’s Day—but did you know that we are also celebrating National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month? Nationally, CTE programs are ever changing to meet the country’s education and skill needs. These programs are creating an educational environment that combines core academics with real-world application. CTE currently touches the lives of 14 million students in 1,300 public high...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Monday February 24, 2014
Woman typing on a pharmacy computer
This blog celebrates CTE Month 2014. Career and technical education has an image problem. Students and parents sometimes see CTE as a non-academic track that leads away from postsecondary education and toward low-wage jobs that offer little economic security. These concerns are reflected in the steady decline over the past two and a half decades in the number of students who earn CTE credits. Yet a growing number of 21st-century CTE programs defy these stereotypes. They challenge students with academically rigorous courses, often in STEM fields such as engineering and computer science, set...
Wednesday February 19, 2014
2014 has ushered in a new era in the world of high school equivalency assessments. These assessments offer an alternative route for students who, for one reason or another, could not complete a high school diploma. And we are not talking small numbers here: nearly 40 million U.S. adults 16 and older lack high school credentials, the bare minimum of entering postsecondary school and/or getting a job. Consequently, a growing number of youth and adults will, in the coming years, go back to school with the hopes of passing a high school equivalency exam. For many years, the General Education...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday February 4, 2014
MDRC’s recently released report, Beyond the GED: Promising Models for Moving High School Dropouts to College, is timely given the recent launch of a new GED test in states across the country. While much attention has been directed at developing a more up-to-date test, less attention has been directed at the implications of this work for GED programs themselves. Leaders and practitioners operating within a landscape of limited resources, small programs, and even smaller staffs are understandably anxious about whether they will be able to assist their participants to adequately prepare for and...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery