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.

Missing Pieces in the College Completion Puzzle

Black history month affords an opportunity to look backwards to glean lessons to leap forward. Any historical assessment of access to postsecondary education for black Americans will find that there has been tremendous progress. Aspirations for higher education among black young people are high, suggesting that they have great faith that degrees from our nation’s higher education institutions will provide opportunity for economic advancement. On the whole their faith is well grounded.

Three Ways to Improve Employability Skills during CTE Month

What’s going on in career and technical education (CTE)? Now is the time to find out.

February is CTE Month®. A campaign sponsored by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), CTE Month® provides a platform for schools, students, and employers to demonstrate how career and technical education prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success.”

Press Release: $2.5 Million Investment Spurs Creation of New Student Success Centers to Increase College Completion in Five States

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Damaging Affirmative Action Conversation

In 1992, I was a first-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law. Cheryl Hopwood, a white woman, sued the law school because she wasn't accepted as a student that year. She argued that she would have been accepted if it weren't for the blacks and Latino/a students being enrolled under affirmative action. She won her lawsuit. The approximately 50 of us (out of 300) who were black and Hispanic were on display for three years, having to defend our place in the law school despite our scores, grades, and achievements.

Transforming Remediation to Dramatically Increase Credential Attainment and Economic Mobility for Underserved Populations

Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A Way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"

Apprenticeships in the U.S.—A way to Put "Career" in "College and Career Readiness"

Young professionals in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo taken by Amy Loyd, senior director at JFF.

Expanding the Path to Apprenticeships to Women and Minority Workers

Woman working

“This apprenticeship is harder to get into than Harvard.” I’ve heard this statement numerous times about programs around the country (including in the Hechinger Report article and New York Times), and I am sure that many potential apprentices, workforce educators, and businesses have heard the same thing.

Press Release: Transforming the Higher Education Act for the 21st Century

Obama Announces New Grants to Support Reentry Success for Formerly Incarcerated Adults

Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Advancing policies and programs that give these men and women a second chance to put their lives back on track promotes not only justice and fairness, but also public safety. The path that these individuals take—successful reentry or recidivism—depends most on a single variable: full-time employment. Unfortunately, only 70 percent of adults in state prison and fewer than half of the juveniles who are incarcerated have a high school diploma or GED.