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


Wednesday August 20, 2014
Integrated career pathways have emerged as a promising strategy for helping academically underprepared individuals to pursue, progress through, and complete the education and training needed to attain industry-recognized credentials and family-supporting jobs. Integrated career pathways incorporate the teaching of basic skills or English as a second language with technical content (e.g., health care, advanced manufacturing, automotive repair) in order to accelerate students’ transitions into and through college-level technical pathways. Many states across the country are creating or...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday August 11, 2014
Originally published as a guest blog on the It'sNotAcademic blog of Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, as part of Voices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference, Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades. This blog can also be read in French/en français. Right now, the United States is facing a major skills and educational attainment gap. Family-supporting jobs increasingly require a postsecondary credential. It’s estimated that, by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs will require education beyond high school, but 62% of adults today lack any credential beyond a high school...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday August 4, 2014
Girl in library with books.
Mary Alice McCarthy has a great blog post on New America’s EdCentral discussing the new Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and its support of using adult education funds for integrated education and training programs like I-BEST and Accelerating Opportunity. She also very rightly points out without the reinstatement of the Ability to Benefit provision of Pell, these integrated models will be very difficult to sustain and scale—federal adult education funds can barely meet the national need for literacy and numeracy education, much less vocational training. This is a challenge that the...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Tuesday June 3, 2014
Group of students in a class discussion.
The fourth annual Accelerating Opportunity National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways successfully convened over 200 people in Bellevue, Washington in April 2014. Representatives from the 11 states currently implementing integrated pathway programs were in attendance, along with national evaluators, state technical assistance coaches, and representatives from the Department of Labor and Education. Participants engaged in two intensive days of concurrent sessions, panels, keynote plenaries, and site visits to six Washington state I-BEST community colleges. The materials from the...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Developmental Education
Monday March 31, 2014
Teacher working with a student
Persistence and completion are major topics in the community college world these days. The upcoming AACC Annual Convention, for example, has numerous sessions dedicated to advancing college completion and promoting student success. At Jobs for the Future, we recognize that support services play a critical role in student persistence and completion, and as such, many of our initiatives focus on building out comprehensive, coordinated support systems. Our recent publication, Promoting Persistence Through Comprehensive Supports, examines what it means for a college to think systemically about...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career and Technical Education