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

Accelerating Opportunity Students Speak About Their Pathways to New Careers

Students Recount Experiences in Adult Education Pathways Programs 

In honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, JFF is sharing two profiles of Accelerating Opportunity students. Their experiences and accomplishments demonstrate the difference that education can make for both individuals and their families. We hope that you will find their stories as inspiring as we do.

Laurene Jobs Invests $50 Million in Redesigning American High Schools

JFF applauds Laurene Jobs’ $50 million investment to inspire new thinking, innovation, and action around redesigning the American high school. Our nation’s high schools have largely been impervious to decades of efforts to raise the educational achievement of all public school students. While student performance against standard measures like the National Assessment of Education Progress have shown some progress over the years at lower grade l