“You Can Go After That Dream”: Adult Students Inspire Professionals at JFF Pathways Conference

Community college pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle

Community college career pathway students Rhyan Burt-Gautreaux, Natalie Woodhouse, and Leah Cagle

Jobs for the Future brought together education and workforce innovators and decision makers from across the country to share strategies for propelling underprepared youth and adults to college and career success at JFF’s Bridging the Gap conference April 7-9, 2015, in New Orleans.

Jobs for the Future Participates in White House Convening on Business and Industry Engagement in STEM High Schools

Amy Loyd at White House

Last week, I represented Jobs for the Future at a White House discussion focused on STEM high schools and business and industry’s role in supporting young people in their STEM and career-focused learning.  Convened by Change the Equation (CTEq), I joined a group of executives from leading national companies—such as Honda, IBM, and DuPont—as well as other nonprofits, federal agencies, universities, and practitioners to draft potential action steps for employers to support STEM learning in four key areas: St

Interview with Anna Shipp

This blog post is authored by Kevin Doyle, Green Economy, and Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future.

Paying for Integrated Pathways: Kansas' Tiered Funding Model for Student Support

This is the final post in our series on state funding strategies to support integrated career pathways. It focuses on Kansas’ GED Accelerator and AO-K Proviso, two pieces of legislation designed to support students.

Early College Models Morph, But Keep Their Edge

Two students learning about the human skeleton.

Launching Low-Income Students to College and Career Success

Nancy Hoffman is vice president and senior advisor at JFF, where she leads the Regional/State Youth Career Pathways Systems team.

Over a decade ago, the Gates Foundation, still new to education reform, asked Jobs for the Future to take on a risky and ambitious venture: to lead a national partnership to create accelerated high schools for struggling low-income students.

Tell More Young Adults, “You’re Hired!”—Here's How

Two men working in an IT environment

Stocking shelves, flipping burgers, or looking for work, millions of young Americans are still reeling from the recession. The downturn had a particularly devastating effect on young people of color, youth from low-income backgrounds, and those without a postsecondary plan.

We know it may take years of policy debate, along with strategic public and private investments, to substantially reduce youth unemployment and underemployment. But there is one thing we can do right now to help:

Expand apprenticeship programs.

Press Release: Delivering the TDL Workforce Initiative Launches with 10 Regional Partnership Grants

Pathways to Prosperity Network to Serve as Key Strategy for Delaware College Completion Initiative


“We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job and career.”

Strengthening ESEA

A student helping another student with an assignment

JFF’s Policy Recommendations to Prepare All Students for College, Careers, and Civic Life

The Promise of Early College in Massachusetts

I was the first in my family to go to college.

For many early college high school students, this is their reality, and this reality is one I share. I was in high school in Boston over 25 years ago and, at the time, had very limited knowledge of college, but was constantly told that I should go. I did go, but was woefully underprepared in every way you can imagine.