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.

Press Release: The Pathways Project—Guiding Students to College Completion

U.S. Department of Education Approves New Experimental Sites Initiative Giving High School Students Access to Federal Pell Grants

JFF Joins Forces with CLASP and New America Foundation for Reauthorization of the Perkins Act

New Experimental Site Initiative Paves Way for Nontraditional Programs

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). The ESI will allow a limited number of postsecondary academic institutions and nontraditional online course providers to apply for the ability to receive financial aid. This experiment will allow the department to test different ways of disbursing financial aid. The experiment will target MOOCs and other online certificate programs that are seeing a dramatic increase in use by students as the cost of traditional higher education and training continues to soar. 

Keep the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund—a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service—matches federal investment with significant philanthropic funding to support evidence-based solutions to pressing social problems. The Fund is currently facing some opposition in Congress. Since its launch in 2009, Jobs for the Future has been the recipient of two Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants.

Manufacturing Day Showcases Work-Based Innovations in Kentucky

Manufacturing Day

Happy manufacturing day! The last few days have been a whirlwind in Owensboro, Kentucky learning about innovative manufacturing education programs as part of JFF’s NSF-funded Jobs to Manufacturing Careers initiative.

College Scorecard Chaos vs. What Really Matters for Low-Income People

The goal of most college-goers is to find work that is meaningful and pays well enough for a middle class life. (There are of course other goals as well.) And getting a “good job” rather than just any job may have more to do with social capital—being part of and using social networks, knowing the ropes of job application and interviewing protocols, being aware and armed with strategies to counter racial, class, and ethnic discrimination—than with where you go to college and what you know about college rankings.

No Silver Bullet: Transforming Community Colleges

President Obama has taken a bold step with his proposal to make two years of community college free. However, those of us who work in or with higher education know that there is no silver bullet or simple solution to fix our nation’s history of denying college access and success for low-income students, students of color, and underprepared students. Free community college—if designed carefully—might expand access to college.

Jobs for the Future Named a Partner in $9.2 Million First in the World Grant Awarded to Central Carolina Community College