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


Friday February 23, 2018
Clean energy panels
By Veronica Buckwalter (JFF), Anna Sullivan (IREC), and Laure-Jeanne Davignon (IREC) The energy auditor who comes to assess your home’s energy performance may possess a microcredential earned through a program that could be a national model for developing these key skills sets while working in other industries. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a national nonprofit that supports increased consumer access to clean energy, looked at micro-credentials as it tried to answer the question of how to balance the cost and quality of credentialing while being rigorous, nimble, cost...
Tags: Credentials
Tuesday February 20, 2018
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Turning Point Brooklyn (TPBK) is a community organization in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood that provides services to help local residents of all ages make positive changes in their lives. TPBK offers a variety of social services to the community, as well as educational programs. The Education Center at TPBK offers an Opportunity Youth program and a College Bound program. The Opportunity Youth program is designed to provide a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma to older youth who have not completed high school, with structured opportunities for internships and pathways to higher...
Friday February 16, 2018
It's budget season in DC, and everyone is awash in numbers. This year, it's especially hard to understand what the dueling continuing resolutions, budget agreements, and the administration's budget mean for actual funding levels. But there is renewed hope for helping more Americans gain the education and skills that lead to good jobs. Late last week, Congress paved the way for significant increases in federal spending for domestic programs, which may include education and workforce development, for the first time since 2009. In a budget agreement that keeps the government funded through...
Tuesday February 13, 2018
First of a series of blogs exploring equity in career and technical education. Career and technical education (CTE) has become the "next best thing" in high school reform. Lately, it's been on the radar of governors, legislators, education commissioners, and business leaders who want to improve the match between what high school graduates know and the skills employers need. Expanding CTE can help them build the talent required to attract new jobs to their regions and create economic opportunity for their citizens. (This blog focuses on federal Perkins-funded high school CTE programs.) The...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Equity
Monday January 29, 2018
So many young people hoping to enter college or career training face serious obstacles to achieving their dreams-poor academic preparation and little postsecondary guidance, to name just two. It's discouraging to see the same problems across the country. But we know a solution that works: "bridging" that spans the chasm between high school and college. Bridge programs set up aspiring college-goers for success, introducing them to the academic expectations and social-emotional environment that await them. When these programs include proven practices, underprepared students improve college...