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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday July 18, 2016
(And Why Experts Are Serious When They Say That) By Mary V.L. Wright, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future, and Kristin Wolff, Thinkers+Doers, Associate (Adjunct), Social Policy Research Associates When reviewing the news and reports related to preparing students for their place in America’s workforce, you can be sure there will be a crisis-laden reference to the “skills gap” and the urgent call for educators to close it. Sometimes this gap refers to an absence of technical skills employers want in new entrants, or sometimes to workers’ lack of knowledge important to their industry. But,...
Tags: Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday July 13, 2016
Competency-based education
Traditional higher education is increasingly insufficient for many adults seeking workforce success and economic mobility, especially for students whose skills are not yet college ready. It has become critical for learners, postsecondary institutions, and employers to explore new options. Competency-based education (CBE) holds significant promise in closing the gap between the skills adults have and the abilities they need to thrive in today’s economy. Yet, despite the rapid growth of CBE across the country, millions of adult learners are unable to take advantage of these new approaches,...
Tags: Competency Education
Tuesday July 12, 2016
Critical Findings of the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Jobs for the Future’s Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative was launched over four years ago, with the goal of helping the nation’s large numbers of adults with low basic skills earn higher-wage jobs faster by combining the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and career and technical training they need into one integrated program. The numbers speak for themselves: in the first three years of the initiative, 8,287 students enrolled in AO pathways across 54 colleges in four of our participating states: Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Adult Basic Education
Monday July 11, 2016
By guest
Originally posted at fosterEDU on July 8th. By Lauren Mackie Last week, Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit working to ensure educational and economic opportunity, hosted its first annual summit. Entitled Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility, the summit brought together over 650 educators, employers, funders, policymakers, and researchers in conversation and collaboration on how to push forward the initiatives needed to improve economic mobility. The engagement at the panels and workshops of the summit was exceptional and sought to give all members of the educational ecosystem...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility
Thursday July 7, 2016
By guest
Arnold Chandler speaking Summit
Photo of Arnold Chandler presenting at JFF summit By Dr. Bryant Best “Oh…so you work in education, huh?”  She eyed me warily, her Louisiana accent dripping with disapproval. “Um, yes…” I said somewhat timidly as I shifted uncomfortably in my seat on the St. Charles Streetcar. “I’m here for a summit on economic mobility—how we can create opportunities for better education and career outcomes for people in places like New Orleans.” “Oh really? Education? Opportunity? Do you even know what the public school system looks like down here? Do you know what opportunity looks like to our kids here?”...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity