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

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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
Thursday July 30, 2015
Supporting Second Chances
More than 2 million people are incarcerated on any given day in the United States, and over 700,000 former prisoners transition back to their communities every year. We can—and must—do much more to help these young people and adults become productive members of society. The Obama administration’s move to make federal Pell Grants available for some inmates to take college courses is an important step in the right direction. Finding a full-time job after serving time in prison is one of the primary predictors of successful reentry. And while most jobs at a fair living wage require...
Tags: Career Pathways, Opportunity Youth, Reentry
Friday May 29, 2015
The California Career Pathways Trust is Making Waves
Today, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded $250 million to 40 new California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) local and regional consortia, doubling down on the state’s already unprecedented investment in career pathways and bringing the CCPT total to $500 million dollars and 79 grantees. Even though I have been involved in this work for years, and our Pathways to Prosperity Network helped inform the CCPT, I am nonetheless astounded and impressed by the Golden State’s investment in this important work. It will build on and advance decades of successful and diverse career...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Wednesday May 13, 2015
In an economic era where having a postsecondary credential is required to secure a family-supporting career, too many young people never finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a degree or credential. This hurts individuals and our economy, which is weakened when jobs go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. One problem is that our nation’s high schools were never designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education or training. In times when a high school diploma was more likely to lead to a good job, this might have been acceptable. It certainly is not now. The...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, 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