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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 October 22, 2015
By Marty Alvarado and Joel Vargas Recent research about regional collaborations in California note their potential for promoting change across a state with a wide array of unique cultures, histories, and economies. Their potential for producing large-scale results is as yet a tantalizing general hypothesis: If educators, employers, and community leaders work together, they will achieve greater results than by working in their usual silos. It is a hypothesis now being tested vigorously in California through multiple publicly and privately supported regional initiatives that are all striving...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Credentials
Wednesday October 21, 2015
Helping Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Succeed in College
Participants working to help improve success outcomes for foster youth held a debrief session outdoors in Kalamazoo, MI. Young people who are transitioning from foster care aren’t faring well in college. A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Chicago, revealed that only 6% of former foster youth had earned a two- or four-year degree by age 24. Those not in college may be in jail—34% who had left foster care at age 17 or 18 reported being arrested by age 19. Such dismal outcomes speak volumes about the lack of systems put in place to help former foster youth make a successful...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery
Tuesday October 13, 2015
The Social Innovation Fund—a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service—matches federal investment with significant philanthropic funding to support evidence-based solutions to pressing social problems. The Fund is currently facing some opposition in Congress. Since its launch in 2009, Jobs for the Future has been the recipient of two Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants. From where Jobs for the Future sits, and reflecting on our six years of experience with the initiative, we see the SIF as a critical vehicle for public-private partnership investment in small but powerful...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Credentials, Career Pathways
Monday October 5, 2015
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Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Interns
Staff from Black Island Wind Turbines in Amherst, Massachusetts, with two of their Summer, 2015 Massachusetts Clean Energy Program interns. By Kevin Doyle Higher education is in a delicate dance with the world of employers. On the one hand, educators know that they are expected to deliver graduates who are “workforce ready.” On the other hand, most everyone agrees that higher education is about more than vocational training; and that meeting the idiosyncratic needs of thousands of different employers is beyond the ability of colleges. What to do? Of the available tools, one of the best is...
Tags: Career Pathways, Employer Engagement