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


Monday January 6, 2014
Originally Published by POLITICO.comBy Jamie Dimon and JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer on January 05, 2014 Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. Yet, at the same time, 4 million jobs sit unfilled. This is the “skills gap”—the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need to fill their open positions.Historically, the United States and much of the developed world benefited from an industrial economy that offered employment opportunities for people of all skill levels. The combination of globalization and technological advancements changed...
Tags: Credentials
Monday October 14, 2013
Education pays. More specifically, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree pays. That is the headline of the College Board’s new report, Education Pays 2013: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society. Increased levels of education are critical to our nation’s prosperity, civic life, and our future—no question. But this “more is better” message and the disproportionate focus on the BA degree in the public discourse on higher education elides the fact that there are subbaccaulareate (sub-BA) credentials that pay, too, such as industry-based certifications, postsecondary...
Tags: Credentials
Wednesday October 9, 2013
This op-ed first appeared in The Huffington Post on October 8. The skills gap in the U.S. workforce is by now well documented and the consequences well known. Millions of Americans need jobs, yet employers are striking out when it comes to finding qualified candidates for the millions of positions available. As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information
Thursday July 25, 2013
Thinking Big about Student Success
At Jobs for the Future, with our vision of doubling the number of low-income youth and adults who attain postsecondary credentials by 2020, we are very much aware of the importance of scaling up new approaches that effectively promote student success. We are trying to tackle large-scale problems, and to do so we need to seek out large-scale solutions. But what does it mean to take educational innovation to scale? What does the process look like? Over the past year, JFF has been investigating these questions, with a focus on community colleges; our latest publication, Thinking Big, is the...
Tags: Credentials, Developmental Education
Friday June 28, 2013
Early College Equals Early Success
A major study out of AIR this week shows that students who attend early college high school are significantly more likely than peers to enroll in college and earn a degree. (For an easy-to-read 2-page summary, click here.) The multiyear study tracked the outcomes of students at 10 schools in the Early College High School Initiative, which Jobs for the Future has managed since its launch in 2002. Originally funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, early colleges are rigorous, supportive schools designed to serve students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Through...
Tags: Credentials, Dual Enrollment, Early College