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


Wednesday June 25, 2014
Today the Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—by a vote of 95 to 3. Jobs for the Future applauds the Senate on passage of this legislation, which is expected for consideration by the House in the near future. The bill provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the U.S. workforce development system. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes in the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and strategies that are...
Tags: Career Pathways
Tuesday June 17, 2014
Students presenting their work at the Marlborouh Spring STEM 2014 Showcase.
Ninth grader Leticia Dos Santos wiped the sweat off her brow and smiled earnestly as she demonstrated how the energy harvested from pedaling a bicycling could be used to light up the high school soccer field scoreboard. “If I had known about this earlier, I wouldn’t have done my exercise this morning,” joked Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester. The Commissioner had come to Marlborough STEM Early College High School to observe the students’ impressive showcase of innovative and interdisciplinary capstone projects. Ninth-grade STEM students were given the task of helping...
Tags: Career Pathways, STEM, Early College, Dual Enrollment, Green Skills
Monday June 16, 2014
Mentor and student high-fiving.
The FY 2015 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee last week, includes a critical provision authored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray to reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for potentially thousands of low-income, out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma or GED who seek new skills and preparation for family-supporting careers. Jobs for the Future applauds Senator Murray, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin, and Ranking Member Jerry Moran for this partial restoration of the Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery
Thursday June 12, 2014
By Marlene Seltzer, Richard Kazis, and Fred Dedrick The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is one of the nation’s most ambitious national philanthropic efforts to prepare lower-skilled adults for advancement through sector initiatives. Operating in 35 communities, and benefiting from several years of evaluation studies, the National Fund’s first five years offer some important lessons about what it takes to “connect people to jobs,” particularly individuals who lack significant job experience, workplace skills, and postsecondary credentials. Jobs for the Future’s Marlene Seltzer and...
Tags: Workforce Partnership
Monday June 9, 2014
Originally posted on the Huffington Post Business Blog on June 9, 2014 Enactment of the Affordable Care Act legislation is transforming the delivery of health care, with an objective to make it more accessible and affordable. With these lofty goals, how can health care organizations ensure they are competitive amid a rapidly changing health care landscape? How can they attract and retain the best candidates to staff their hospitals and medical facilities? A good place to start is by investing in the skills and career development of their existing frontline workforce. Frontline health care...
Tags: Health Care, Career Pathways