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Monday June 26, 2017
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Students and Teacher
By Anna Fogel, Social Finance Well-paying jobs and career opportunities are harder and harder to find without a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential. Yet many young people, especially students of color and those from low-income families, lack access to educational opportunities that can prepare them for these jobs. In one study in Chicago, more than 40% of black males ages 20 to 24 were out of school and not working, compared to only 8.5% of white males. On the other side of the equation, employers are increasingly concerned by the limited number of young adults who are...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Tuesday April 11, 2017
JFF Senior Advisor and Pathways to Prosperity Co-Founder Bob Schwartz honors former Delaware Governor Markell for his leadership. Recently, education, workforce development, and government leaders from our national Pathways to Prosperity Network gathered in Wilmington, Delaware to learn from each other, strengthen our cross-sector partnerships, and celebrate success. A particular emphasis was learning about the exciting and impressive work underway in Delaware Pathways. In theory, education is inextricably connected to workforce and economic development. We know that the strength of our...
Tags: Career Pathways
Monday March 13, 2017
Across the country, leaders in workforce, education and government are looking to regional and place-based strategies to drive economic development. This trend has created new regional consortia where cross-sector and cross-agency work groups wrestle with the realities of regional collaboration. In California, which has invested significantly in regional career pathways in recent years, the most successful consortia are realizing that working regionally is not simply about inviting more people to the table, hosting more meetings, or even creating more pathways in a particular geographic...
Tags: Career Pathways
Tuesday February 28, 2017
students in classroom
The expression “building the plane as you fly” has become increasingly familiar across education. It captures the feelings of risk and uncertainty that accompany designing innovations and testing them in real time with actual participants, all while being responsible for keeping existing operations running. It reflects the idea that you know you need to try to build something different, even as you still have students on board—who enter your doors every day in need of a range of services. The risky, uncertain aspects of this endeavor feel all the more acute under the pressure of grant...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Monday February 27, 2017
students working
Our nation faces some daunting economic and workforce challenges, including a growing gap between the skills employers need versus those workers can offer. But there’s an upside to current conditions—an incredible opportunity to increase the diversity of our country’s talent pipeline and improve career prospects for underserved, high-need youth. The Catalyzing CTE though Pay for Success Competition, recently launched by Jobs for the Future and Social Finance, Inc., seeks to do just that. Pay for Success is an innovative public-private funding model that drives government resources toward...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth