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Wednesday November 4, 2015
Woman working
“This apprenticeship is harder to get into than Harvard.” I’ve heard this statement numerous times about programs around the country (including in the Hechinger Report article and New York Times), and I am sure that many potential apprentices, workforce educators, and businesses have heard the same thing. It’s no surprise that many people jump at the opportunity to obtain in-depth education and training while earning a wage. Yet, the value of apprenticeships is even more pronounced when they provide pathways for individuals who face barriers to entering the middle-class. How can we make sure...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Credentials, Employer Engagement, Addressing Employer Needs, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship
Tuesday November 3, 2015
No workforce development strategy has the same track record as apprenticeship, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways to connect education to work since the middle ages. In recent years, this age-old model of training has been reinvented as an innovative new way to prepare people to fill high-demand jobs and address skills gaps in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing to information technology. On average, the starting salary for apprentices equipped with newly minted skills begins at $50,000—a respectable, livable wage in most major U.S. cities. This...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Manufacturing, Addressing Employer Needs, Credentials, Work-Based Learning, Employer Engagement, Apprenticeship
Friday October 2, 2015
Manufacturing Day
Happy manufacturing day! The last few days have been a whirlwind in Owensboro, Kentucky learning about innovative manufacturing education programs as part of JFF’s NSF-funded Jobs to Manufacturing Careers initiative. JFF joined a film crew from WGBH and VOX Television, along with our third-party evaluator Education Development Center, to capture each step in the process used by Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) to design and deliver high-quality, work-based manufacturing education in partnership with local manufacturers. College leadership, faculty members, workers enrolled in...
Tags: Manufacturing, Career Pathways
Tuesday September 22, 2015
Students Recount Experiences in Adult Education Pathways Programs  In honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, JFF is sharing two profiles of Accelerating Opportunity students. Their experiences and accomplishments demonstrate the difference that education can make for both individuals and their families. We hope that you will find their stories as inspiring as we do. Erin Chavez is a single mother who successfully completed a certificate program in the Healthcare Foundation through Accelerating Opportunity and is now currently pursuing her RN degree with the support of...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Manufacturing, Health Care, Adult Basic Education
Thursday August 13, 2015
Students at Hamblen County Schools
Summer can be one of the most transformational times of the year for high school students. This became evident after I traveled to Morristown, Tennessee, to see a group of high school students present their summer internship experiences at the Alcoa Howmet manufacturing facility. Alcoa Howmet is one of the world’s largest manufacturers for the aerospace industry, specializing in making ceramic cores used in aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines.  Tennessee is a member of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration of 12 states, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Manufacturing, Career Pathways