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


Monday March 26, 2012
A recent NPR report has raised doubts about the value of a GED as an equivalent of a high school diploma and most importantly its value in the labor market. The report quotes a top lieutenant of the Los Angeles Unified School District saying: "If I were prepared today with a GED, and that's what I had as an 18-year-old, I'd be scared to death of the future." This view on the GED is not entirely new. We do know that study after study has shown GED graduates doing poorly once they transition to postsecondary education. A 2010 ACE report that tracked postsecondary outcomes of GED holders over a...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth
Monday March 5, 2012
Last month I was at Camelot's Excel Academy South in Philadelphia, a school that demonstrates what teaching and learning should look like for our nation's off-track students. Excel South has helped its students make major academic gains, using Jobs for the Future's Common Instructional Framework to accelerate student learning. Now, JFF is working with Camelot to develop Excel South into a lab school that will demonstrate college-ready instructional practices to educators across the nation. JFF's CEO Marlene Seltzer and I joined Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter and Camelot CEO Todd Bock...
Tags: Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth, Dual Enrollment, Early College
Tuesday January 31, 2012
JFF On President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address
This blog was written by former JFF President and CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. President Obama’s blueprint for revitalizing America’s manufacturing industry, growing clean energy jobs, and preparing our workers for the 21st century will be a great step forward in rebuilding our economy. An important part of that plan is his call for new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and place 2 million skilled workers. As the President’s plan noted, “In today’s global economy, a college education is no longer just a privilege for some, but rather a prerequisite for all.” To reach...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Early College, Opportunity Youth
Friday December 9, 2011
"It broke me up into pieces and put me back together." That’s how a young woman described her experience at Training Futures in Northern Virginia when I visited there in 2009. She was enrolled in an internship at a local company, handsomely dressed and beaming with confidence when I sat across the table from her during a visit one afternoon in late spring 2009. Yet just a couple of years earlier, having dropped out of school she was desperately looking for guidance in her life and a job to provide for her family. Training Futures was one of several dozen programs I visited to identify the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery, Opportunity Youth