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  • Bridging the Gap

    Bridging the Gap Conference

    We invite you to join us in New Orleans April 8-9 for an exciting conference about career pathways—what works when designing programs for underprepared youth and adults to transition to and succeed in postsecondary education. Conference tracks will include Pathway Designs; Job-Driven Pathways; Teaching and Learning; Financing, Scale, and Sustainability; and Policy and Research. Practitioners and policymakers are encouraged to attend.

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  • Policy Meets Pathways

    State and national leaders need to “put efforts to bolster completion on a new trajectory” by analyzing the extent to which policies support the colleges that are trying to do right by their students, and then redesigning policy environments to help institutions introduce comprehensive and integrated reform strategies that change every aspect of what they do. This report identifies specific strategies for states to follow.

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  • Real Time LMI

    Success in Real-Time

    Success in Real-Time: Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Build Better Middle-Skill STEM Pathways encourages states to support their colleges as they use high-quality, real-time labor market information to align the creation of middle-skill STEM pathways with robust career opportunities, and provides recommendations and examples for how states can do so. Using RTLMI, we have worked with community colleges to build supportive pathways that lead students directly into exciting STEM careers in their local labor markets.  

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  • High School Graduate, College Study Group, Policymaker, Construction Worker

    Who Is Jobs for the Future?

    The mission of JFF is to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy. Our vision is for the promise of education and economic mobility in America to be achieved for everyone. For 30 years, we have helped employers find skilled workers, and workers move into higher-wage jobs through education and training programs. We are a Boston-based nonprofit working in over 100 communities nationwide.

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  • Employer Engagement

    A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers

    This resource guide presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. It was written to help education and training providers fully realize the value of strategic, long-term, and intensive partnerships with employers. The resource leads readers thorugh a continuum of activities supporting these partnerships, with each level involving deeper engagement and integration of employers into the work
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  • DesignForScale

    DesignForScale

    In spite of a decade of interventions and student support initiatives, the nation’s most disadvantaged adults and young people are not gaining traction towards degrees. To help accelerate progress, JFF will work with states and campuses to implement integrated, visionary interventions through a new initiative called DesignForScale. The DesignForScale resources and services are designed to help state actors create the policy conditions within which community colleges can implement evidence-based, institution-wide innovations. 
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