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Jobs for the Future, 2022
High-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs represent an effective way to provide young adults with an educational experience that prepares them for both college and career success. But not all CTE programs provide accessible pathways to a bounty of educational options without dead ends. To address the false dichotomy--college…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Policy
Jobs for the Future, 2022
This research explores how COVID has impacted technology internships, including student and employer participation, satisfaction, and challenges; changes in the structure of internships; and impact on student employment outcomes. The roots of this study emerged in summer of 2021, as the authors were completing a three-year study funded by the…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internship Programs, COVID-19, Pandemics
Joy, Lois; O'Reilly, Fran; Longo, Matthew; Estacion, Angela – Jobs for the Future, 2022
This research is about how one community college preserved and strengthened their technology internships during COVID with commitment and creativity. Although the college, employers, and students faced technical, logistical, and supervisory challenges in maintaining technology internships through the pandemic, the college was committed to ensuring…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internship Programs, COVID-19, Pandemics
Domeika, Lee; Miller, Lauren; O'Connor, Anna – Jobs for the Future, 2022
The Work-Based Courses Blueprint is a foundational guide for all Tennessee SySTEM school sites engaged in designing and developing work-based courses for 11th and 12th grade students. Specifically, this blueprint covers pertinent work-based courses topics such as building a work-based course team, course design, and course delivery. The blueprint…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12, STEM Education
Ndiaye, Mamadou; Steinberg, Adria; Gregg, Aundrea – Jobs for the Future, 2022
As the economy struggles to recover from the pandemic and the ensuing volatility and labor shortages, leaders in the field of young adult talent development are seeing a need to develop approaches that equally address both the talent needs of employers and the education and training aspirations of young adults. This brief explores how personalized…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Young Adults, Employers, Labor Needs
McDonnell, Rachel Pleasants; Fraser, Shakari; Sullivan, Felicia – Jobs for the Future, 2022
With the urgency of adult digital skill development as a backdrop, the Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), conducted a national landscape scan to identify existing resources and effective approaches for digital skills…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Learning, Technological Literacy, Computer Literacy
Joy, Lois – Jobs for the Future, 2022
A three-year study that JFF conducted for the National Science Foundation shows that community college technology internships can be effective bridges to employment for postsecondary students. The research showed that when internships were required for graduation students were much more likely to participate. But for internships to be effective,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internship Programs, Technology, Education Work Relationship
Joy, Lois – Jobs for the Future, 2022
Of the studies of internships at two-year colleges, few have focused specifically on IT and engineering technology (ET) programs and the structures that are essential to building effective technology internships. Case studies at two Florida community colleges enabled the exploration of internship structure, student participation by demographics,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internship Programs, Technology, Education Work Relationship
Hoffman, Nancy; O'Connor, Anna; Mawhinney, Joanna – Jobs for the Future, 2022
The purpose of this brief is to provide school-level examples of how early college practitioners are collecting and using data to improve their practices. Examples three and four are school-level data from two early college partnerships: the MetroWest CPC (Framingham, Milford, Waltham), and Lawrence. The brief begins, however, with the national…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, High Schools, Universities
Bennett, Vanessa; Steinberg, Adria – Jobs for the Future, 2022
This brief provides an overview of the burgeoning credential marketplace for young adult talent developers--the community-based, entrepreneurial organizations that work with young people ages 16 to 24, many of whom are seeking a faster and less costly route into the labor market. These organizations play an important role in helping young people…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Talent Development, Credentials, Acceleration (Education)
Uhl, Kathryn; Hooker Bentley, Sarah; Zawatski, Justine; Gutierrez, Ana – Jobs for the Future, 2022
The Fresno K-16 Collaborative is a signature initiative of the California Governor's Council on Post-Secondary Education that aims to increase college degree attainment in high-demand industries, align educational preparation with the demands of regional employers, and close race and equity gaps by developing an integrated system and seamless set…
Descriptors: Engineering, Career Pathways, Educational Attainment, Bachelors Degrees
Jobs for the Future, 2021
In today's volatile economy, we can no longer afford to underinvest in America's opportunity youth. The costs of ignoring these young people, who are disconnected from education and out of work, are too high and growing. Building skills and gaining work experience are key to young people's upward mobility, but the pandemic has all but shut off…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Pandemics, COVID-19, Low Income Groups
Hoffman, Nancy; Mawhinney, Joanna; O'Connor, Anna – Jobs for the Future, 2021
Massachusetts's education agencies support expanding early college high school programs based on their initial success. In fact, think tank MassINC is calling for annual early college enrollment to increase to 45,000 students. This report outlines strategies for reaching that ambitious target: expanding access to early college programs to students…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High Schools, Higher Education, Acceleration (Education)
Gregg, Aundrea; Steinberg, Adria – Jobs for the Future, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating to countless Americans, particularly people of color and those with low incomes. Young people from these communities have been especially hard hit. The work of organizations that foster young adult talent development, with a particular focus on youth of color and those from low-income communities, is…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Young Adults, Talent Development
Murphy, Lucretia; Soricone, Lisa – Jobs for the Future, 2021
Hiring people who have served prison sentences has never been a priority in the United States. For men and women who were once incarcerated, finding any job is difficult; finding a sustainable, family-supporting job is nearly impossible. Today the country is at a critical crossroads on this issue, and it's time for change. As the nation works in…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Labor Force Development, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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