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Schmitt, Alison; Gutierrez, Ana; Hooker, Sarah – Jobs for the Future, 2020
Many communities are embracing "inclusive economic development" as a way to address inequity that persists even as the economy grows. In an effort to spark a national conversation about the conditions needed to achieve inclusive economic development, this report gives an overview of what JFF [Jobs for the Future] has learned about the…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Inclusion, Economic Opportunities, Investment
Jobs for the Future, 2020
The future of work--resulting from fast- paced changes in technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and fluctuations in the way we perform work--will create economic growth and new jobs across the country, but only for communities that are prepared and for workers with the necessary skills. This report outlines Jobs for the Future's policy…
Descriptors: Out of School Youth, Unemployment, Youth Employment, Futures (of Society)
Jobs for the Future, 2020
Today, 4.5 million young adults ages 16 to 24 are out of school and unemployed. Often referred to as "opportunity youth," they face significant barriers in the labor market. Policymakers must learn from proven college and career pathways models and craft effective policies to help opportunity youth succeed in education, skills training,…
Descriptors: Out of School Youth, Unemployment, Young Adults, Adolescents
Alvarado, Marty; Vargas, Joel – Jobs for the Future, 2019
State reforms and philanthropic investments seeking to improve public education in California have made substantial changes in recent years--from what students learn and how they learn it to how schools are funded and evaluated. Most efforts have focused on one level at a time, either K-12 schools, community colleges, or four-year postsecondary…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Academic Achievement
Steinberg, Adria; Almeida, Cheryl – Jobs for the Future, 2019
Opportunity Works is a national initiative to dramatically improve the life trajectories of low-income young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in school or working. This population, often called "opportunity youth," comprises a significant segment of America's potential workforce. Yet they are also the young men and women who face the…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Out of School Youth, National Programs, Regional Cooperation
Buckwalter, Veronica; Togila, Jessica – Jobs for the Future, 2019
Community colleges and non-traditional student populations, such as adult learners, often experience a unique set of academic and non-academic challenges. This is particularly true for those in rural America, where resources and community supports are less abundant. This report describes how rural community colleges are overcoming these barriers…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Community Colleges, Access to Education, Nontraditional Students
Jobs for the Future, 2019
A growing number of employers identify difficulty hiring highly qualified workers as their top competitive challenge. Roughly 75 million of Americans could meet these employer needs but currently lack the skills or supports to do so. This is America's untapped workforce--the many people who do not have the work or wages they need to get by, but…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Talent Development, Job Skills, Education Work Relationship
Alvarado, Marty; Vargas, Joel – Jobs for the Future, 2019
How can we dramatically increase the number of low income young people who graduate high school and earn a postsecondary credential by age 25? One strategy that reaches beyond traditional education boundaries is gaining traction: broad regional partnerships that bring together K-12 school districts and higher education with workforce development,…
Descriptors: Success, Regional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Community Organizations
Sack, Michael; Allen, Lili – Jobs for the Future, 2019
Despite the growing popularity of apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and in-school youth apprenticeships in the United States, young adults who lack the credentials and connections to seamlessly enter postsecondary pathways remain overlooked. Young-adult-serving agencies and community-based organizations (CBOs) are underutilized key actors in…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Apprenticeships, Community Role, Community Organizations
Jobs for the Future, 2019
Roughly 75 million Americans don't have the work or wages they need to get by. They either lack the skills employers seek or can't access jobs with sufficient pay. These are America's untapped workers--people who are unemployed or underemployed, but who can succeed in the nation's rapidly changing economy if offered the right education, training,…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development
Hooker, Sarah – Jobs for the Future, 2019
This brief is intended for policymakers, education system leaders, and dual enrollment advocates who are considering what it will take to build long-term strategies that significantly expand the supply of instructors qualified to teach college in high school. The author's recommendations are rooted in Jobs for the Future's (JFF's) recent…
Descriptors: Barriers, Dual Enrollment, Teacher Shortage, Adjunct Faculty
Hoffman, Nancy – Jobs for the Future, 2019
The Parkway Center City Middle College, Philadelphia's first early/middle college, is overcoming challenges and showing positive early outcomes for students. At Philadelphia's Parkway Center City Middle College, students can step into a college classroom at age 14, and can earn up to 64 credits by the time they graduate. This piece details the…
Descriptors: High School Students, College School Cooperation, College Credits, Dual Enrollment
Soricone, Lisa; Endel, Barbara – Jobs for the Future, 2019
The purpose of this implementation report is to help community college leaders, foundations, and public education policymakers understand the impact that nudges have on student success, especially for students from populations that typically have low rates of college completion. The promising results of the NTSS [Nudging to STEM Success]…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Program Effectiveness
Bragg, Debra D. – Jobs for the Future, 2019
Traditional education and training models are failing to equip many job seekers--especially people of color and individuals living in low-income communities in urban and rural areas--with the skills and experience they need to succeed in today's workforce. This report is about combining the best evidence, practices, and policies to drive a broader…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Career Development, Adult Students, Nontraditional Education
Smith, Tara – Jobs for the Future, 2019
The Accelerating CTE project began as an extension of Jobs for the Future's (JFF's) Accelerating Opportunity (AO), a seven-year initiative to improve outcomes for adult education students in college. Building on the lessons learned and strong evidence realized in AO, the ECMC Foundation in 2016 invested in a three-year initiative where JFF…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Adult Vocational Education, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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