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Wednesday July 13, 2016
Competency-based education
Traditional higher education is increasingly insufficient for many adults seeking workforce success and economic mobility, especially for students whose skills are not yet college ready. It has become critical for learners, postsecondary institutions, and employers to explore new options. Competency-based education (CBE) holds significant promise in closing the gap between the skills adults have and the abilities they need to thrive in today’s economy. Yet, despite the rapid growth of CBE across the country, millions of adult learners are unable to take advantage of these new approaches,...
Tags: Competency Education
Thursday July 7, 2016
By guest
Arnold Chandler speaking Summit
Photo of Arnold Chandler presenting at JFF summit By Dr. Bryant Best “Oh…so you work in education, huh?”  She eyed me warily, her Louisiana accent dripping with disapproval. “Um, yes…” I said somewhat timidly as I shifted uncomfortably in my seat on the St. Charles Streetcar. “I’m here for a summit on economic mobility—how we can create opportunities for better education and career outcomes for people in places like New Orleans.” “Oh really? Education? Opportunity? Do you even know what the public school system looks like down here? Do you know what opportunity looks like to our kids here?”...
Tags: Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
Thursday July 7, 2016
By guest
By Aric Thomas. Originally posted on High School Leadership. Are we pushing students to graduation without the skills needed to allow for positive economic mobility? Is the work being done by companies, community colleges, non-profit agencies, and high schools leading to more people earning credentials and training to allow for their earnings to be positively impacted? Community colleges across the country are designing and supporting students in programs to prepare for jobs and careers with competitive wages. Non-profit agencies, like Goodwill Columbus, support economic mobility by...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Career Pathways, Workforce Partnership, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday July 6, 2016
By guest
Hilary Pennington at JFF Summit
By Cassius Johnson. Originally posted at Forbes.  The chief purpose of our nation’s education and workforce system is to make economic mobility possible for all Americans. While there are many drivers of economic mobility, educational attainment is a considerable contributor. Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Richard Reeves reminded me of this in New Orleans last week during his presentation at the opening session of the Jobs for the Future National Summit on Opportunity and Economic Mobility. The convening was rich in dialogue about how the American systems of education and workforce must...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
Monday June 27, 2016
Rethinking 12th Grade
Orginally posted on Impatient Optimists, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. Millions of high school seniors across the country are graduating this spring and celebrating their accomplishments and the beginning of the rest of their lives. Most—about 68 percent—will enter college immediately in the fall. That’s important, though the number should be even higher, because they are entering a world where most people need a postsecondary credential in order to find a decent job that pays enough to support themselves and their families. The problem is that, while some of that 68 percent...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment