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


Sunday April 22, 2018
Starting April 22, JFF and our partners are celebrating the remarkable success we've seen—and the promising future we anticipate—from implementing early college experiences by observing the annual Early College Week. I think it's a cause well worth commemorating. When I joined JFF in 2002, I was fresh from completing my dissertation about the need for fundamental changes in the design of U.S. high schools to prepare more low-income youth for college. JFF and its partners were just launching the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI), which started or redesigned hundreds of schools to...
Tags: Early College
Wednesday March 28, 2018
Energy Tech High School Students
Photo Credit: Con Edison In our first blog in this series, 10 Equity Questions to Ask about Career and Technical Education, we promised to profile schools that can answer a majority of our equity questions in the affirmative. Energy Tech High School, one of 17 schools in the City University of New York's Early College Initiative, meets almost every equity criterion, falling short on only two—gender balance and having a mix of old and new tech fields. With a student body that is 75 percent male and 25 percent female, Energy Tech is at the same time a demographic problem and a success. The...
Tags: Career Pathways, Early College, Equity
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
Thursday February 23, 2017
I’ve been waiting 15 years for this moment. On January 24th, my home state, Massachusetts, submitted a proposal to the annual joint meeting of the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education to establish career-focused early college high schools. Early colleges are schools or programs within schools designed to enable students to take college-level courses in high school for free. The combination of free tuition and early college enrollment are strong predictors that a young person will attain a two- or four-year college degree, and research shows that early college...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, ESSA, Opportunity Youth
Tuesday December 20, 2016
High school student reading a book.
A growing body of research has consistently suggested that providing opportunities for high school students to take college courses is associated with increases in college enrollment and completion. Education leaders have responded. For well over a decade, state and federal policymakers have promoted dual enrollment through strategies such as creating or expanding funding streams for dual enrollment and early college schools, as well as mandating that local education agencies (LEAs) make available a defined amount of dual enrollment (and/or AP and IB) options. But efforts to expand dual...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College, State-Local K-12 Policy