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Monday July 31, 2017
Photo (from left to right): SAP Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Katie Morgan, C-Town Tech Pathways Coordinator Aaron Altman, and JFF Pathways to Prosperity Senior Program Manager Sheila Jackson at the SAP Education Summit in San Francisco, CA. After four years of working with SAP, I’ve become familiar with the culture and pace of this global software company and have experienced firsthand an authentic, functional, and effective education and employer partnership. I’ve accompanied C-Town Tech students to different SAP offices in the Boston area each year––marveled at “game rooms” with...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Employer Engagement
Monday June 26, 2017
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Students and Teacher
By Anna Fogel, Social Finance Well-paying jobs and career opportunities are harder and harder to find without a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential. Yet many young people, especially students of color and those from low-income families, lack access to educational opportunities that can prepare them for these jobs. In one study in Chicago, more than 40% of black males ages 20 to 24 were out of school and not working, compared to only 8.5% of white males. On the other side of the equation, employers are increasingly concerned by the limited number of young adults who are...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Friday June 23, 2017
A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs
Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Jobs for the Future (JFF) commends the House’s bipartisan efforts to update the Perkins Act, recognizing that people face a job market that is significantly different from when the Act was last reauthorized in 2006. JFF recognizes that high-quality, industry-aligned CTE programs can benefit...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Federal Workforce Policy
Friday June 9, 2017
By Deborah Kobes and Sara Lamback Women do drive trucks. But like the construction trades and several other stereotypically male jobs, truck driving has maintained stubbornly low rates of female workforce participation. Nationwide, approximately six percent of truck drivers are women1. These women drive not only big rigs in long-haul trucking, but also industrial trucks, trash and recycling trucks, and small delivery trucks. These opportunities could benefit many more women around the country because they are well-paying jobs that require relatively little education or training. The median...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Career and Technical Education
Tuesday February 28, 2017
students in classroom
The expression “building the plane as you fly” has become increasingly familiar across education. It captures the feelings of risk and uncertainty that accompany designing innovations and testing them in real time with actual participants, all while being responsible for keeping existing operations running. It reflects the idea that you know you need to try to build something different, even as you still have students on board—who enter your doors every day in need of a range of services. The risky, uncertain aspects of this endeavor feel all the more acute under the pressure of grant...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways