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Friday September 29, 2017
Early College Designation Process Overview Infographic
Fifteen years ago, Jobs for the Future (JFF), in collaboration with national partners, pioneered an innovative approach––now widely known as early college––to boost postsecondary success. Early colleges enable high school students to earn transferable college credit up to an associate’s degree at no cost to them or their families. This helps expand postsecondary opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford soaring tuition costs. Across the country, state and district education leaders are embracing early college as an effective strategy for helping students graduate...
Tags: Early College
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Recently, I read an employer profile for the Kentucky-based materials manufacturer Universal Woods, written by Steven Dawson. Universal Woods is a manufacturer of hard surface panels and flooring headquartered in Louisville, KY, with 200 employees, and operations in Ohio, Australia, and Belgium. To many, Universal Woods embodies the idea of a  “good employer” – the type of employer that sees the worker as a trusted partner and creator of value for the business – and Dawson describes the work environment as one that nurtures the practice of learning from mistakes and working collaboratively,...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Future of Work, Developmental Education
Thursday September 14, 2017
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The technological advances of the past 40 years have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has greatly impacted the modern workplace. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production; the Fourth Industrial Revolution will use robotics, automation, computing, and the internet to transform the nature of work forever. While technology has made us more productive, it has changed many of the types of jobs we do, and how we do them. What does this mean for K-12 educators? How can this inform how we define getting our students “college and career ready”?...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Developmental Education, Work-Based Learning, Future of Work
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute
Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants. Strong sector-based associations are key to the success of the Swiss apprenticeship system. In my final blog in a three-part series on the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system, I showcase the Center for Young Professionals (CYP), the nonprofit center for basic banking education in Switzerland. In previous posts, I introduced VPET and shared my observations from visits to two Swiss companies’ apprenticeship programs. What is a Sector-...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday August 30, 2017
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In this three-part series, JFF's Nancy Hoffman shares insights and reflections from her deep experience studying and learning about the Swiss Vocational and Professional Educational and Training (VPET) system. Switzerland is a global leader in developing successful apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. The first post introduces VPET, while the second post profiles two companies' youth apprenticeship programs: Swisscom and Migros. Finally, the third post closely examines the important role of sector-based associations and distills lessons that can inform U.S. efforts. Read the full...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement