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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

Scaling Up Breaking Through: 2010 Evaluations

Debra D. Bragg, Elaine Delott Baker, Margaret Puryear, Elisabeth Barnett

Breaking Through has engaged over 40 colleges across the country in redesigning programs to help low-skilled adults acquire the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and attain credentials. In studies of colleges that scaled up successful pilot programs, Breaking Through participants demonstrated significantly higher rates of retention, course completion, and higher skill gains than non-Breaking Through students. These studies, produced with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are:

  • Scaling Up FastStart@CCD: A Report on Scaling Up of the Breaking Through Initiative at the Community College of Denver, by Debra D. Bragg
  • 2010 Follow-Up of the Community College of Denver FastStart Program, by Debra D. Bragg, Elaine Delott Baker, and Margaret Puryear
  • Portland Community College Breaking Through Report: Scaling Up, by Elisabeth Barnett

Breaking Through is a collaboration of JFF and the National Council for Workforce Education.