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


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...
Wednesday January 17, 2018
While the U.S. economy has certainly improved in recent years, far too many people are still without jobs, and too many employers cannot find the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. To sustain economic growth and spread prosperity to more Americans, it is imperative to ensure that everyone attain the skills and credentials they need for career success. Congress can—and must—help. JFF urges Congress to take five critical policy actions in 2018 to boost economic advancement for all: 1. Protect the Dreamers Since the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy
Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Wednesday December 10, 2014
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Thousands of young people and adults who can’t afford college would benefit tremendously from expanded access to Pell grants under a small but critical provision included in the comprehensive 2015 spending bill that House and Senate negotiators approved yesterday. The partial restoration of the Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act extends Pell grant access to low-income students without a high school diploma or its equivalent if they are co-enrolled in an approved career pathways program. Jobs for the Future has been a leader in working toward restoring this provision....
Wednesday July 9, 2014
House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Today the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This is the same bill that was passed by the Senate in June, and was developed and agreed upon through a bipartisan and bicameral process. Jobs for the Future commends the House on the passage of this legislation, which provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the nation’s workforce development system.   The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes to the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and...