Adult Basic Education

Strikes Spotlight Need for Better Routes to Family-supporting Jobs

Strikes Spotlight Need for Better Routes to Family-supporting Jobs

Cowritten by Rachel Pleasants McDonnell & Deborah Kobes

Design Matters: Lessons from Accelerating Opportunity

Accelerating Opportunity, Jobs for the Future’s multistate initiative to redesign Adult Basic Education (ABE), is entering its second year of implementation. Drawing on the findings of the Accelerating Opportunity evaluators (the Urban Institute) and our own experiences as the managing partner, we can reflect back on the design phase, from December 2010 to November 2011, and how that set the stage for rapidly implementing pathways to good jobs and family-sustaining wages in eight states.

Press Release: Accelerate TEXAS Week salutes efforts to help ABE students succeed in college

AUSTIN, TX (November 12, 2012) — Starting today, 19 community colleges across Texas are celebrating “Accelerate TEXAS” Week in honor of the initiative that has already helped more than 2,000 Adult Basic Ed students on their way toward college credentials.

Press Release: The Greenforce Initiative Links Employers and Community Colleges to Meet Growing Need for Sustainability Skills

Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2012)—The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) have launched a new phase of the Greenforce Initiative, a multi-year effort to help community colleges expand economic opportunity as the United States moves toward a more environmentally sustainable economy.

Press Release: Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Helps the Nation Get Back to Work

$18.5 Million Strategic Funding Collaboration Supports States’ Efforts to Provide Adults with the Credentials They Need Boston, MA (September 19, 2012) – The American economy is facing a growing skills gap, with many adults lacking the training or education necessary for jobs that pay a middle-class wage. Helping adults earn the credentials and training they need to get and succeed in family-sustaining jobs is key to fueling the economy and boosting

Adult Literacy: Making the Connection

Adult Literacy: Making the Connection

This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. JFF applauds its organizer, the National Coalition for Literacy, for drawing the connection between adult literacy and economic stability.

Debating the Value of Placement Exams: Where to Begin?

Debating the Value of Placement Exams: Where to Begin?

For many years, community colleges have in good faith administered placement exams to incoming students. The philosophy behind placement testing is that we can best serve our students by accurately assessing their skills and then placing them into courses that provide them with the academic supports they need to be successful—be that college-level courses, Adult Basic Education, or dev ed.

But recent research challenges this paradigm. The research comes at the question of student placement from many angles:

Fate Leads to "ANEW" Opportunity

BRITTANY WILLIAMS has had a tough life. After her mother abandoned her and her brothers, she was drawn into street culture and dealt drugs. She was homeless for some time and spent time in prison. Her future looked bleak.

Then last fall an unusual flyer caught her eye. Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) was looking for women who wanted to learn construction trades. Recalling the pay a person she knew had earned as an ironworker, Brittany saw an opportunity to turn her life around. “I said to myself, ‘If I let this pass me by, I’ll be stuck for a long time to come.’ ”

JFF Working for Students' "Ability to Benefit"

JFF has been working with its partners to help reinstate the "Ability to Benefit" (ATB) provisions of the Higher Education Act since its elimination in last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012. For years, ATB has allowed students without a high school diploma or a GED to qualify for federal aid by passing a specified test or successfully completing six hours of postsecondary education.

The Power of Work-based Learning

Lisa Cortes had scraped thousands of breakfast, lunch, and dinner trays in an Ohio hospital kitchen when a supervisor recommended her for a new training program that could lead to full-time medical work with benefits. Cortes, a 42-year-old high school dropout, was so eager to trade her part-time shifts for a chance at financial stability that she let nothing get in her way—not even her fear of taking algebra or anatomy.