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


Wednesday May 14, 2014
Jobs for the Future celebrates the achievements of 18 early college high school students who have been named Gates Millennium Scholars and will receive full-tuition scholarships to any accredited college or university of their choice, for both undergraduate and graduate education. The awards go to 1,000 high-performing students of color from low-income families annually to help remove barriers to postsecondary education. The early college students selected for these prestigious scholarships illustrate the dramatic success of their innovative secondary schools at expanding college, career,...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday May 7, 2014
The nation has been engaged in an ongoing conversation on how to improve student success and the affordability of education. At a Congressional briefing last week, several important voices collectively advocated for early college and dual and concurrent enrollment as effective strategies for high school and college success: Early college high school alumna Yevgeniya Bulayevskaya explained that she had arrived in New York City from Ukraine without basic English skills. The assistance she received from Bard High School Early College enabled her to not only catch up to her peers but to also...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Wednesday March 26, 2014
Early college gradutes
Early college high schools are going above and beyond in creating life-changing opportunities for our nation’s youth. Over a decade of compelling, longitudinal outcomes data and student success stories confirm that early college schools propel low-income youth, students of color, and first-generation college goers to graduate high school and attain postsecondary degrees. With the sixth annual Early College High School Week coming to a close, this year's Week has shifted the spotlight from what Early College Designs can do to how we can advance the movement by bringing this potent framework...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday November 20, 2013
More High Schools to Team Up with Employers
Originally ran on the U.S. Department of Education's blog, November 20, 2013 This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. This week’s announcement of U.S. Department of Labor’s $100 million Youth CareerConnect initiative is exciting news for our nation’s high school students, employers, and communities. At Jobs for the Future, we believe all high schools can benefit from partnering with employers, colleges, and the workforce system to build seamless pathways through college and into technical careers. And thanks to funding from Youth CareerConnect, 25 to 40 school districts...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Early College
Tuesday November 5, 2013
Time to rethink 12th grade
Everyone in education is talking about the Common Core State Standards: Writing curriculum to implement them. Building capacity to teach them. Using technology to help students meet them. This is all essential work that must be done before states begin testing in 2014 whether students are truly college and career ready, based on the Common Core. But… There’s something else we all need to start planning for now: What about the students who will not be deemed college ready? While the best long-term strategy will be to improve the education of students from grades 9-11 so that more are ready,...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment