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

Blog

Tuesday April 1, 2014
This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. In his recent New York Times column “Jobs and Skills and Zombies,” Paul Krugman argues that the skills gap is a complete “myth” that diverts attention away from the real issues of job growth and unemployment.  While there is no question that job creation is critical in getting the U.S. economy moving again, Krugman’s claim of a skills gap myth flies in the face of reality. Numerous studies have shown that there are regions and sectors across the country facing a shortage of skilled workers, especially for middle-skill jobs. More...
Tags: Workforce Partnership
Monday March 3, 2014
The United States has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the career and college readiness of the nation’s children—now let’s see if we can take it. The most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores demonstrate that America’s students failed to improve at all on their reading, science, and math performances, resulting in yet another slip in the international rankings. The 2012 results show that compared to 2009, U.S. teenagers fell from 25th to 31st in math; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Student-Centered Learning, STEM
Thursday January 23, 2014
Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers
Originally posted on the Huffington Post Business Blog on January 20, 2014 If you've entered a hospital lately, whether for a routine medical test or complex surgical procedure, you might think that nurses or doctors would provide most of your care. In fact, the reality is that frontline workers—ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff—play a vital, yet often overlooked, role in the quality of patient care. What is surprising is that despite performing these important jobs, frontline workers in health care typically earn less than $...
Tags: Health Care, Workforce Partnership
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 August 20, 2013
Strikes Spotlight Need for Better Routes to Family-supporting Jobs
Cowritten by Rachel Pleasants McDonnell & Deborah Kobes In JFF's Building Economic Opportunity Group, we're focused on increasing access to family-supporting jobs, and work with a number of programs across the country that do a good job of training participants for high-wage, in-demand jobs. The recent series of one-day strikes by fast food workers (and the upcoming walkout planned for August 29) are poignant reminders of just how many jobs there are that don't pay anywhere close to a family-supporting wage. And while many of these low-wage jobs are described as entry-level, they tend to...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Workforce Partnership