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


Tuesday July 12, 2016
Critical Findings of the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Jobs for the Future’s Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative was launched over four years ago, with the goal of helping the nation’s large numbers of adults with low basic skills earn higher-wage jobs faster by combining the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and career and technical training they need into one integrated program. The numbers speak for themselves: in the first three years of the initiative, 8,287 students enrolled in AO pathways across 54 colleges in four of our participating states: Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, and...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Adult Basic Education
Monday March 7, 2016
We need a new word in the English language. It’s a combination of academic and career focused—“caredemic”? “acacreer’? Among education improvers, too much of the discussion I hear today poses an either or proposition—young people get career education through a two-year vocational or CTE pathway OR they go to college, which means heading to a four-year BA or BS. This language implies that the career-focused pathway happens only at community college and is about certification or an applied associate’s degree, while a “real” degree takes four years or much longer, happens at a liberal arts...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Monday February 15, 2016
What’s going on in career and technical education (CTE)? Now is the time to find out. February is CTE Month®. A campaign sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), CTE Month® provides a platform for schools, students, and employers to demonstrate how career and technical education prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success.” CTE helps students succeed in school and in their chosen career fields by providing opportunities to interact with employers and offering real-world learning...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Tuesday November 3, 2015
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System recently hosted a panel discussion in Washington, DC focused on important topics addressed in the publication, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The panelists included: John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan; Jay C. Moon, President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and head of the Mississippi State Workforce Board; and Terrie P. Sterling, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center....
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
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