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


Saturday January 10, 2015
Courtyard of a Community College
5 Key Principles for Policymakers to Keep in Mind President Obama’s proposal to expand recent state efforts to make two years of community college available tuition free is a bold move that could help improve life prospects for as many as nine million Americans. Increasing affordability reduces a major barrier to college access and completion, which are vital to increasing individual economic mobility and the economic health of our country.  Jobs for the Future focuses on helping underprepared youth and adults succeed in postsecondary education and family-supporting careers. Through our work...
Tags: Career Pathways, Developmental Education, Dual Enrollment, Career and Technical Education, Competency Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
Tuesday July 8, 2014
A mother and her children smiling and posing for the camera
I recently had the privilege of representing Jobs for the Future at the White House Summit on Working Families. The high-energy event brought together employers, policymakers, advocates, academics, union leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss a wide range of issues that impact working families in our country—from paid sick and maternity leave to career ladders, and from child care, and eldercare to workplace flexibility. It was a reminder that while all working families struggle to balance their time, the working poor and those stuck on the “sticky floor” of the labor market experience...
Tags: STEM, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Thursday May 22, 2014
Our nation is in critical need of innovative and cost-effective career pathways systems. More than one-third of American workers lack the skills needed to access and succeed in family-supporting careers, leaving millions of good jobs unfilled. Challenges such as the changing nature of job prerequisites, rapid technological changes, increased global competition, and increased workforce mobility have diminished our country’s ability to prepare our workforce for today’s jobs. Career pathways systems offer an effective strategy for economic advancement by integrating educational instruction,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Monday March 31, 2014
Teacher working with a student
Persistence and completion are major topics in the community college world these days. The upcoming AACC Annual Convention, for example, has numerous sessions dedicated to advancing college completion and promoting student success. At Jobs for the Future, we recognize that support services play a critical role in student persistence and completion, and as such, many of our initiatives focus on building out comprehensive, coordinated support systems. Our recent publication, Promoting Persistence Through Comprehensive Supports, examines what it means for a college to think systemically about...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career and Technical Education
Wednesday February 26, 2014
By Mary Gardner Clagett and Van Nguyen This blog celebrates CTE Month 2014. In the month of February, we are given the opportunity to celebrate the nation’s Presidents, Black History Month, and even St. Valentine’s Day—but did you know that we are also celebrating National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month? Nationally, CTE programs are ever changing to meet the country’s education and skill needs. These programs are creating an educational environment that combines core academics with real-world application. CTE currently touches the lives of 14 million students in 1,300 public high...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways