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


Thursday January 30, 2014
American flag
“Michelle and I want every child to have the same chance this country gave us. But we know our opportunity agenda won’t be complete—and too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise—unless we do more to make sure our economy honors the dignity of work, and hard work pays off for every single American.” —President Barack Obama, 2014 State of the Union Address     In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President touched on a number of Administration initiatives intended to help more Americans enter and succeed in today’s technology-...
Tags: Credentials, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Wednesday November 20, 2013
More High Schools to Team Up with Employers
Originally ran on the U.S. Department of Education's blog, November 20, 2013 This blog was authored by JFF's former CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. This week’s announcement of U.S. Department of Labor’s $100 million Youth CareerConnect initiative is exciting news for our nation’s high school students, employers, and communities. At Jobs for the Future, we believe all high schools can benefit from partnering with employers, colleges, and the workforce system to build seamless pathways through college and into technical careers. And thanks to funding from Youth CareerConnect, 25 to 40 school districts...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Early College
Thursday March 21, 2013
February was National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, so it seems appropriate to acknowledge and continue this celebration of college and career readiness by renewing our call for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal grant that provides critical funding for these programs in public high schools and two-year colleges. What CTE Month highlighted this year is the national urgent need to prepare students to earn postsecondary credentials and develop the work skills needed to succeed in today’s careers. However, federal CTE...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, State-Local K-12 Policy
Thursday April 19, 2012
Jobs for the Future commends the goals set forth in the Administration’s Blueprint for a reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to strengthen our nation’s global position in workforce and economic development. The four principles outlined in the blueprint—alignment, collaboration, accountability, and innovation—are important to education reform efforts, particularly to a system that prepares students for credentials and, ultimately, for career success. Strong career and technical education systems enable students, including those who are low income and...
Tags: Career and Technical Education