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Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Community college pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle
Community college career pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle Jobs for the Future brought together education and workforce innovators and decision makers from across the country to share strategies for propelling underprepared youth and adults to college and career success at JFF’s Bridging the Gap conference April 7-9, 2015, in New Orleans. For two days, we heard from community college leaders, workforce development professionals, business owners, policymakers, and government officials, yet some of the most memorable moments came when three former...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Friday April 3, 2015
Amy Loyd at White House
Last week, I represented Jobs for the Future at a White House discussion focused on STEM high schools and business and industry’s role in supporting young people in their STEM and career-focused learning.  Convened by Change the Equation (CTEq), I joined a group of executives from leading national companies—such as Honda, IBM, and DuPont—as well as other nonprofits, federal agencies, universities, and practitioners to draft potential action steps for employers to support STEM learning in four key areas: Strategic Funding, Community STEM Advocates, Work-Based Learning Curriculum, and Student...
Tags: STEM, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs
Tuesday March 17, 2015
This is the final post in our series on state funding strategies to support integrated career pathways. It focuses on Kansas’ GED Accelerator and AO-K Proviso, two pieces of legislation designed to support students. Previously, we looked at Washington’s use of SNAP E&T funds and Illinois’ performance-based funding system.  For more information, read about why it is important to create a policy environment that is conducive to the success of programs like Accelerating Opportunity and why state-level solutions for support like this one are so critical.  ----- Performance-Based Incentive...
Tags: Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education
Monday March 16, 2015
Two students learning about the human skeleton.
Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team. Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students. The start provoked skepticism from school reformers of all persuasions. These early college high schools were designed to take young people who were working below...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education