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Tuesday July 12, 2016
Critical Findings of the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Jobs for the Future’s Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative was launched over four years ago, with the goal of helping the nation’s large numbers of adults with low basic skills earn higher-wage jobs faster by combining the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and career and technical training they need into one integrated program. The numbers speak for themselves: in the first three years of the initiative, 8,287 students enrolled in AO pathways across 54 colleges in four of our participating states: Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Adult Basic Education
Thursday July 7, 2016
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By Aric Thomas. Originally posted on High School Leadership. Are we pushing students to graduation without the skills needed to allow for positive economic mobility? Is the work being done by companies, community colleges, non-profit agencies, and high schools leading to more people earning credentials and training to allow for their earnings to be positively impacted? Community colleges across the country are designing and supporting students in programs to prepare for jobs and careers with competitive wages. Non-profit agencies, like Goodwill Columbus, support economic mobility by...
Tags: Addressing Employer Needs, Career Pathways, Workforce Partnership, Summit, Economic Mobility
Wednesday July 6, 2016
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Hilary Pennington at JFF Summit
By Cassius Johnson. Originally posted at Forbes.  The chief purpose of our nation’s education and workforce system is to make economic mobility possible for all Americans. While there are many drivers of economic mobility, educational attainment is a considerable contributor. Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Richard Reeves reminded me of this in New Orleans last week during his presentation at the opening session of the Jobs for the Future National Summit on Opportunity and Economic Mobility. The convening was rich in dialogue about how the American systems of education and workforce must...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Summit, Economic Mobility, Equity
Tuesday May 10, 2016
If the U.S. is to live up to its history as a land of equality and mobility, we must ensure that our educational systems help the poorest and most disadvantaged students instead of standing in their way. Jobs for the Future’s new inclusive policy framework helps practitioners, policymakers, and advocates identify opportunities to make educational policy inclusive of students who have long been overlooked. Please join us at Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility: A Jobs for the Future Summit in New Orleans in June to explore with us how policy and culture shifts can improve outcomes for...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth, Federal Higher Education Policy, Summit, Economic Mobility
Friday May 6, 2016
Jobs for the Future took part in National Reentry Week last week, when we highlighted the ongoing work of entities providing reentry education to young people and adults in communities across the country as part of the Department of Education’s Improved Reentry Education Demonstration Project. In the course of highlighting the reentry education programs, we heard from the individuals they work with. Their voices remind us why it is critical to stay focused on this important work. These individuals, some of whom are still incarcerated, told us in their own words that reentry education is not...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Reentry