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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Friday October 2, 2015
Manufacturing Day
Happy manufacturing day! The last few days have been a whirlwind in Owensboro, Kentucky learning about innovative manufacturing education programs as part of JFF’s NSF-funded Jobs to Manufacturing Careers initiative. JFF joined a film crew from WGBH and VOX Television, along with our third-party evaluator Education Development Center, to capture each step in the process used by Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) to design and deliver high-quality, work-based manufacturing education in partnership with local manufacturers. College leadership, faculty members, workers enrolled in...
Tags: Manufacturing, Career Pathways
Wednesday September 30, 2015
President Obama has taken a bold step with his proposal to make two years of community college free. However, those of us who work in or with higher education know that there is no silver bullet or simple solution to fix our nation’s history of denying college access and success for low-income students, students of color, and underprepared students. Free community college—if designed carefully—might expand access to college. But that is only part of the answer given that community colleges graduate far too few students. We need to do far more than simply expand access, which is akin to...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Opportunity Youth
Thursday September 24, 2015
Across the nation, there is a significant decrease in the number of teachers entering into and completing teacher preparation programs. This trend is particularly troubling in states like California facing high rates of retirement in their current teaching force.  According to the California Teachers’ Association, approximately one third of the teaching force will retire over the next decade. An annual report by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) reports a 26% decrease in new teaching credentials issued over the past five years.  Thousands of jobs will soon open and...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Tuesday September 22, 2015
Students Recount Experiences in Adult Education Pathways Programs  In honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, JFF is sharing two profiles of Accelerating Opportunity students. Their experiences and accomplishments demonstrate the difference that education can make for both individuals and their families. We hope that you will find their stories as inspiring as we do. Erin Chavez is a single mother who successfully completed a certificate program in the Healthcare Foundation through Accelerating Opportunity and is now currently pursuing her RN degree with the support of...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Manufacturing, Health Care, Adult Basic Education
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