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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Monday June 18, 2012
JFF has been working with its partners to help reinstate the "Ability to Benefit" (ATB) provisions of the Higher Education Act since its elimination in last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012. For years, ATB has allowed students without a high school diploma or a GED to qualify for federal aid by passing a specified test or successfully completing six hours of postsecondary education. ATB’s elimination, which is scheduled to become effective in July, comes at a time when many states and local communities are transforming their adult and postsecondary education systems—...
Tags: Adult Basic Education
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Lisa Cortes had scraped thousands of breakfast, lunch, and dinner trays in an Ohio hospital kitchen when a supervisor recommended her for a new training program that could lead to full-time medical work with benefits. Cortes, a 42-year-old high school dropout, was so eager to trade her part-time shifts for a chance at financial stability that she let nothing get in her way—not even her fear of taking algebra or anatomy. “It was hard to get back on the bike and pedal it,” Cortes recalled recently about returning to the classroom decades after quitting school, pregnant, at 17. “But I was on a...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Competency Education, Health Care, Work-Based Learning
Thursday March 22, 2012
(Part 3 of a three-part blog entry) Getting to scale is a major goal of most initiatives both at JFF and across the country, but most of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. At the Achieving the Dream State Policy Meeting in Seattle, Washington on February 1st, Barbara Endel of JFF and Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director in Washington, led a roundtable discussion on this topic, drawing on both theory and practice (in particular, how Washington has scaled up its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Credentials
Monday March 19, 2012
(Part 2 of a three-part blog entry) Getting to scale is a major goal of most initiatives both at JFF and across the country, but most of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. At the Achieving the Dream State Policy Meeting in Seattle, Washington on February 1st, Barbara Endel of JFF and Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director in Washington, led a roundtable discussion on this topic, drawing on both theory and practice (in particular, how Washington has scaled up its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Credentials
Tuesday March 13, 2012
(Part 1 of a three-part blog entry) Getting to scale is a major goal of most initiatives both at JFF and across the country, but most of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. At the Achieving the Dream State Policy Meeting in Seattle, Washington on February 1st, Barbara Endel of JFF and Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director in Washington, led a roundtable discussion on this topic, drawing on both theory and practice (in particular, how Washington has scaled up its Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Credentials