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

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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
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
Tuesday April 21, 2015
Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.   Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways.  In a recent conversation, a high school leader who is building...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, Competency Education
Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Friday February 27, 2015
This blog was originally posted on the Learning Deeply Blog on Education Week. While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning