Is College Readiness the Same as Career Readiness?

Originally posted in Education Week on July 13, 2016.

Three Ways CBE Could Turn Underprepared Learners into College Graduates

Competency-based education

Traditional higher education is increasingly insufficient for many adults seeking workforce success and economic mobility, especially for students whose skills are not yet college ready. It has become critical for learners, postsecondary institutions, and employers to explore new options.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces TechHire Grants

Two JFF Staff Honored by the Aspen Institute

Work-Based Learning Resources from JFF

Americans seeking employment often face a conundrum: relevant work experience is a prerequisite for many jobs, but it is difficult to gain the required experience without being in the workplace. Work-based learning—activities that occur in workplaces through which youth and adults gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for entry or advancement in a particular career field—offers a solution to this problem.

When Where You Live Keeps You Down

City Skyline

By Marty Alvarado and Lucretia Murphy

Upping the Ante: We Need You to Join the UpSkilling Movement

By: Jaime Fall and Kathy Mannes

One year later, it’s nice to see progress being made.

Press Release: El Paso Addresses the 61st Hour Challenge, Students Earn Over 1,000 Bachelor Degrees and Counting

White House Announces New Steps to Give More Students and Workers Tech Skills to Fuel Innovation

Dead End or Opportunity: The Two Year “Caredemic” Degree

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.