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Thursday July 30, 2015
Supporting Second Chances
More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society. The Obama administration’s move to make federal Pell Grants available for some inmates to take college courses is an important step in the right direction. Finding a full-time job after serving time in prison is one of the primary predictors of successful reentry. And while most jobs at a fair living wage require...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Reentry
Tuesday June 30, 2015
Beyond Financial Aid: Six Strategies for Supporting Low-Income College Students
According to The Lumina Foundation, nearly one-third of American undergraduate students receive federal Pell grants, yet many do not complete their postsecondary degree because of financial challenges. Lumina recently released a guidebook, Beyond Financial Aid, for college administrators to improve financial aid and completion success for low-income students. Authored by our friends and partners at the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, Priyadarshini Chaplot, Darla M. Cooper, Rob Johnstone, and Kelley Karandjeff, the guidebook details six crucial strategies and emphasizes promising...
Tags: Adult Basic Education
Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Community college pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle
Community college career pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle Jobs for the Future brought together education and workforce innovators and decision makers from across the country to share strategies for propelling underprepared youth and adults to college and career success at JFF’s Bridging the Gap conference April 7-9, 2015, in New Orleans. For two days, we heard from community college leaders, workforce development professionals, business owners, policymakers, and government officials, yet some of the most memorable moments came when three former...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday April 6, 2015
Universities on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown: What Will It Take to Redesign and Reinvigorate American Higher Education? Pretty much anyone you talk to in America today has an opinion about what’s wrong with our universities. Parents think they’re too expensive. Recent graduates fear being crushed by debt and ending up untrained for the current job market.  It’s safe to say that American universities are under fire—for everything from perpetuating inequality to failing to adapt to our digital age. In advance of the Zócalo event “What Are Universities For?”, we asked scholars: Does the...