JFF in the News
December 7, 2011, Getting Smart
This November, Getting Smart reviewed Nancy Hoffman’s book Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life, a book that explores best practice examples of vocational education practices around the world.
Hoffman is a Vice President and Senior Advisor at Jobs for the Future, a national non-profit in Boston, the mission of which is to improve educational and workforce outcomes for low-income young people and adults. She works on early college designs, and the transition to and through postsecondary credentials.
December 6, 2011, Accelerating Opportunity (DEI blog)
Today’s post comes from Michael Collins, associate vice president of postsecondary state policy at Jobs for the Future. JFF leads DEI’s state policy initiative by supporting policy teams in CT, FL, NC, OH, TX, and VA, who are implementing the three-pronged Developmental Education Initiative State Policy strategy. The first of Michael’s three-part series showed how collecting the right data can inform state policy to accelerate dev ed innovation across a system...
November 29, 2011, Education Week
The Early College High School Initiative, started in 2002 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other sources, helps low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation high school students prepare for college, as well as earn up to two years of college credit or an associate degree, tuition free. There are about 230 of these schools to date across the country. A number of them have started programs in their feeder middle schools, said Joel Vargas, the vice president of Jobs for the Future, an organization that works with the initiative and other projects that support youth and adult career-readiness efforts.
November 9, 2011, Community College Times
He has also helped marshal Wake Tech’s involvement in the Greenforce Initiative, a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to develop, enhance or refine green career pathway programs in North Carolina and five other regions.
November 7, 2011, Education Week
As states craft policies, researchers at Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based national nonprofit, looked into the best way to encourage this education fast-track. Incentives for Early Graduation: How Can State Policies Encourage Students to Complete High School in Less Than Four Years? by Diane Ward and Joel Vargas notes that a growing number of states are offering financial rewards for students who graduate early from high school.
November 4, 2011, Community College Times
It’s that kind of coordination that underlies the Back on Track model, said YouthBuild President Dorothy Stoneman, who spoke at a Nov. 2 briefing in Washington, D.C., convened by Jobs for the Future (JFF). Back on Track integrates college-readiness instruction with academic and social supports, provides transition counseling and offers support in the first year of college. It is a collaboration of JFF, YouthBuild USA, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC), and the Corps Network, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Open Society Foundations
November 3, 2011, Donnell Kay Foundation Blog
Denver Public Schools (DPS) now has a clearer road map for reducing the number of potential high school dropouts. The Boston-based nonprofit Jobs for the Future (JFF) partnered with the school district to figure out how to help students reach graduation.
JFF’s experts know of some of the best ways to address the off-track population, and officials there say that national efforts to help these students are already showing promising outcomes.
November 1, 2011, Getting Smart
Jobs for the Future (JFF) published “Innovations at Scale: How Virginia Community Colleges Are Collaborating to Improve Developmental Education and Increase Student Success,” a report by Rose Asera targeting ways that we can meet college completion goals, this month.
October 17, 2011, Community College Week (cover story)
Now, under an initiative being spearheaded by Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based think tank that identifies, develops and promotes education and workforce strategies, a new tool for colleges is taking shape – computer technology that can mine, aggregate, and analyze real-time job market data available on the internet to identify important employment trends.
October 13, 2011, Campaign for America's Future
One proposal offered by Marlene Seltzer, president and CEO of Jobs for the Future, was for "The National Fund for Work Force." It would have two major goals: "create career advancement for low-wage jobs" and "provide a pipeline for training those workers." Seltzer said that for every $1 that comes from the National Fund, $4 would be produced at the regional level.