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


Thursday October 24, 2013
At Akron Early College High School, students start their college career the day they begin high school—right on campus at the University of Akron. Akron ECHS teens take one university course each semester along with regular high school classes, until junior year when they become full-credit college students well on their way to earning Associate’s degrees. Last spring, half of the senior class received Associate’s degrees the same week as their high school diplomas. Nearly 80 percent of the class continued their college education this fall. This is even more impressive when you consider that...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Friday October 11, 2013
Taking Early College to the Next Level
It is the question in education today: How do we dramatically increase the number of high-need students who graduate high school with the tools they need to succeed in college and family-supporting careers? Or, put a more personal way, how do we support a 6th or 9th grader living in poverty—who may typically be at risk of not finishing high school or graduating college-ready—and prepare him to not only finish high school, but to start postsecondary education and earn a degree? More and more, educators and parents agree: The answer is early college. Where other reform efforts have fallen...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
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
Thursday June 20, 2013
This month, the House and Senate both introduced Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposals, spurring a party-line debate on the federal role in education, with Republicans mainly supporting flexible formula funds to states and Democrats mainly embracing formula funds with more standards, reporting, accountability, and improvement provisions attached, as well as federal competitive grants (an interesting turn of events). Last Thursday (June 13), the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed an ESEA bill largely following the Democrats’...
Tags: Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday April 16, 2013
A Forward-looking Budget for Our Nation’s Students and Workers
Written by Kathryn Young, JFF Education Policy Director; and Mary Gardner Clagett, JFF Workforce Policy Director On Wednesday, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget. At a time when there is much negative news coming from Washington, this budget is actually quite uplifting. Yes, it does address deficit reduction by cutting an additional $1.8 billion from current funding, but it does so through a balanced approach. And importantly, it would continue to make critical investments in education, job training, energy, and infrastructure that would spur our economy, create jobs and...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Workforce Partnership