Leveraging TANF for Career Training

Connections between the workforce and federal assistance programs at the state and local levels have not always been strong. However, that’s about to change as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In WIOA, Congress took a step that had been discussed within the beltway for almost a decade by requiring that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) become a mandatory partner in the workforce system (unless a governor decides to exclude TANF).

This new requirement is a great step forward in many ways:

Beyond Financial Aid: Six Strategies for Supporting Low-Income College Students

Beyond Financial Aid: Six Strategies for Supporting Low-Income College Students

According to The Lumina Foundation, nearly one-third of American undergraduate students receive federal Pell grants, yet many do not complete their postsecondary degree because of financial challenges.

Press Release: Community Colleges and Employers Work Together to Develop Digital Courses and Credentials to Address Skills Gap in High-Need Areas

Press Release: Recommendations for Improving Math Placement and Promoting Students’ Success in STEM

The California Career Pathways Trust is Making Waves

The California Career Pathways Trust is Making Waves

Today, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded $250 million to 40 new California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) local and regional consortia, doubling down on the state’s already unprecedented investment in career pathways and bringing the CCPT total to $500 million dollars and 79 grantees.

Harvard Education Letter: From Seat Time to Mastery

Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas

By Vicki Ritterband and Rafael Heller
This article was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Rhode Island Expands College Courses in High School

Rhode Island Expands College Courses in High School

Way to go, Rhode Island! The state is paving the way for more young people to get a leg up on college while still in high school and increase their chances for postsecondary success.

The Board of Education has adopted new regulations expanding opportunities for dual enrollment. The move will allow qualified students to enroll in one of the state’s three public colleges and earn both postsecondary credit and credit toward a high school diploma at the same time.

Senate ESEA Bill Advances with Wins for Personalized Learning

Finding Time for Work-Based Learning: School Leaders Have More Flexibility Than They Think

Since launching the Pathways to Prosperity Network in 2012, Jobs for the Future and our partners have been working to design effective models for high school students to participate in high-value work experiences. This is the first in an occasional series highlighting solutions to the challenges of providing work-based learning—from both the employer side and the school side.  

Finding time within the school day for students to engage in work-based learning is one of the biggest challenges facing champions of career pathways. 

Jobs for the Future Joins 22 Partner Organizations in Calling for Innovative Assessment Flexibility in ESEA Reauthorization