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Saturday January 14, 2017
March on Washington
Did you know that the full title of the 1963 March on Washington is the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”? A. Philipp Randolph, a titan among prominent black labor and civil rights activists and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., initially designed the march as a labor march. The labor focus of the March on Washington has largely been overshadowed by the personalities and speeches that graced the Lincoln Memorial steps, most notably Dr. King and his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech.” Although the labor focus of the March on Washington is often overlooked, Dr. King’s commitment to...
Tags: Economic Mobility
Tuesday November 15, 2016
High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program
High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program “Team work was what they tried to instill. I was sort of on an assembly line but not really. Everyone had their own goal. It was pretty cool. I was the one to begin the assembly and it was a $250,000 product. I always wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m going to join the Navy as an electrician’s mate and then go to college on the GI Bill.” -Nicolas Ambrosino, William Penn High School Senior, Internship, Agilent Technologies Five years ago, high school...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, Economic Mobility, Dual Enrollment
Thursday October 13, 2016
This post originally appeared on the Brookings website on October 12, 2016. What can educators do to better prepare young people for careers? Although high schools claim that graduates should be “college and career-ready,” in practice, educators have paid little attention to career readiness. Many still believe that all you need is a college degree and a career will follow. But increasingly in today’s labor market, job openings call for technical skills and work experience that don’t come automatically with a college degree. To enable young people to learn about work, learn to work, and...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Economic Mobility
Wednesday October 5, 2016
Man cooking in restaurant
By Kathy Mannes and Nancy Hoffman At a time when divisiveness has cast a pall over our country, new alliances are inspiring ways to bring us together. We all have a role to play in addressing longstanding social and economic inequities, and employers are finding new ways to contribute to this effort. Although we are personally heartsick at recent events and underlying barriers, our work at JFF with employers, in addition to our many traditional partners, heartens many of us and gives us hope in the face of recent waves of extreme violence and brutality. These employers are critical players...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Summit
Wednesday September 28, 2016
Photo of Georgetown University
Georgetown University In 1838, Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people to a plantation in Louisiana; the University made about $3.3 million, in today’s dollars, from the sale. On September 1, 2016, the President of Georgetown University acknowledged that this Jesuit institution enslaved human beings and that the institution profited from slavery. A 16-member working group reviewed Georgetown’s history with slavery and issued a report on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation; their reflections include recommendations that the university will implement, including: preferential...
Tags: Economic Mobility