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

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Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday March 22, 2016
Graduating students
By Joel Vargas and Hannah Smith Originally posted on the Getting Smart blog and on Huffington Post in the GenDIY series on March 12, 2016.  Hack: a clever solution to a tricky problem There is good news and bad news about today’s high school students. The good news is that more students are finishing high school. Graduation rates have increased over four years to a high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. And as college credentials have increasingly become a necessity for getting onto a career path with good wages, high school graduates get the message. Aside from a few dips during...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Thursday September 17, 2015
JFF applauds Laurene Jobs’ $50 million investment to inspire new thinking, innovation, and action around redesigning the American high school. Our nation’s high schools have largely been impervious to decades of efforts to raise the educational achievement of all public school students. While student performance against standard measures like the National Assessment of Education Progress have shown some progress over the years at lower grade levels, it remains stubbornly low in our high schools. This is particularly so for schools serving large numbers of underserved youth. One of the...
Wednesday May 13, 2015
In an economic era where having a postsecondary credential is required to secure a family-supporting career, too many young people never finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a degree or credential. This hurts individuals and our economy, which is weakened when jobs go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. One problem is that our nation’s high schools were never designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education or training. In times when a high school diploma was more likely to lead to a good job, this might have been acceptable. It certainly is not now. The...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Thursday May 7, 2015
Rhode Island Expands College Courses in High School
Way to go, Rhode Island! The state is paving the way for more young people to get a leg up on college while still in high school and increase their chances for postsecondary success. The Board of Education has adopted new regulations expanding opportunities for dual enrollment. The move will allow qualified students to enroll in one of the state’s three public colleges and earn both postsecondary credit and credit toward a high school diploma at the same time. This sends a powerful message to students and their families, especially people from low-income backgrounds and other groups...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College