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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Thursday October 1, 2015
The goal of most college-goers is to find work that is meaningful and pays well enough for a middle class life. (There are of course other goals as well.) And getting a “good job” rather than just any job may have more to do with social capital—being part of and using social networks, knowing the ropes of job application and interviewing protocols, being aware and armed with strategies to counter racial, class, and ethnic discrimination—than with where you go to college and what you know about college rankings. All the information in the world does not make up for an empty checking account,...
Tags: Credentials, Opportunity Youth
Wednesday September 30, 2015
President Obama has taken a bold step with his proposal to make two years of community college free. However, those of us who work in or with higher education know that there is no silver bullet or simple solution to fix our nation’s history of denying college access and success for low-income students, students of color, and underprepared students. Free community college—if designed carefully—might expand access to college. But that is only part of the answer given that community colleges graduate far too few students. We need to do far more than simply expand access, which is akin to...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Boy in classroom with his art self portrait
This blog was originally posted by The California Endowment. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder. Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill-equipped to prepare low-income young people with skills for good jobs or further education. This is largely because education and training institutions cannot effectively teach young people these skills without having ways to mitigate issues associated with their poverty. Unfortunately few do. But more could, if...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Credentials, Dropout Recovery, Health Care, Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning
Friday April 11, 2014
Earlier this week, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, CLASP, and several other national organizations released a timely call for a national conversation on moving to a competency-based credentialing system. Such a system would create standards for clear, cross-industry credentials that recognize an individual’s competencies. We strongly agree that rationalizing this system should be a top priority if our economy is to prosper and give everyone in this country an opportunity to succeed. In its work with employers, workforce organizations, K-12, postsecondary education, and state and...
Tags: Competency Education, Credentials
Thursday January 30, 2014
American flag
“Michelle and I want every child to have the same chance this country gave us. But we know our opportunity agenda won’t be complete—and too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise—unless we do more to make sure our economy honors the dignity of work, and hard work pays off for every single American.” —President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union Address     In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President touched on a number of Administration initiatives intended to help more Americans enter and succeed in today’s technology-...
Tags: Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways