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


Thursday March 21, 2013
February was National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, so it seems appropriate to acknowledge and continue this celebration of college and career readiness by renewing our call for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal grant that provides critical funding for these programs in public high schools and two-year colleges. What CTE Month highlighted this year is the national urgent need to prepare students to earn postsecondary credentials and develop the work skills needed to succeed in today’s careers. However, federal CTE...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, State-Local K-12 Policy
Friday January 11, 2013
Accelerating through Postsecondary Education
In Patricia McQuire’s response to a recent article in The New York Times (“For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall,” 12/22/2012), she makes an important point that nontraditional students have a very different college going and college completion trajectory than their more traditional (or more economically advantaged) peers. McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, discusses the many challenges these students face—from parenting or caring for sick elders to the need to work full-time, often just to pay for part time study—and shares a powerful set of strategies...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information
Wednesday September 12, 2012
Adult Literacy: Making the Connection
This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. JFF applauds its organizer, the National Coalition for Literacy, for drawing the connection between adult literacy and economic stability. We too are committed to helping adults gain the education they need to achieve financial independence and support their families and are staunch advocates at the state and federal level for investing in programs and policies that promote adult literacy. For many low-skilled adults, literacy training is most effective when it is made relevant to their needs and interests. Through a variety of...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Literacy
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Workforce Trainers’ Need for Real-time LMI
Workforce training programs are making advances in their use of traditional labor market information, particularly at the initial program design phase. Our 20 GreenWays workforce partnerships selected their training occupations based on projections of labor market need in addition to conversations with local employers. We’re proud to work with partners that work hard to design programs that best serve their regional economies.  Our partners are seeking help incorporating real-time data into their initial program proposals as well as more aspects of their program design and implementation....
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information, Green Skills
Thursday March 22, 2012
(Part 3 of a three-part blog entry) Getting to scale is a major goal of most initiatives both at JFF and across the country, but most of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. At the Achieving the Dream State Policy Meeting in Seattle, Washington on February 1st, Barbara Endel of JFF and Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director in Washington, led a roundtable discussion on this topic, drawing on both theory and practice (in particular, how Washington has scaled up its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Credentials