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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, 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)
Maag,Taylor; Moschella, Leah; Altstadt, David – Jobs for the Future, 2021
The secondary-to-postsecondary transition is a critically important step on a student's path toward economic success. The majority of jobs in the United States continue to require some sort of postsecondary attainment, whether that be a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or other college coursework. However, the nation loses students as they…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Alignment (Education), College School Cooperation
Jenness, Sarah; di Bonaventura, Julia; Hoffman, Nancy – Jobs for the Future, 2021
Career pathways aligned with regional labor markets are foundational structures put in place to ensure that youth are best positioned for economic advancement. While it is not difficult to describe an aligned pathway (also called a program of study) at a high level, actually designing a pathway with all of the required details is challenging. The…
Descriptors: Career Pathways, Labor Market, Occupational Mobility, Promotion (Occupational)
Maag, Taylor; Moschella, Leah; Altstadt, David – Jobs for the Future, 2021
Neither a traditional college education nor specific occupational training is enough to ensure long-term career success. Today, individuals also need workplace experience before they enter the labor market on their own, to prepare them to navigate the world of work. COVID-19 has put the availability of these critical career readiness experiences…
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, Career Readiness, COVID-19, Pandemics
Hoffman, Nancy; Vargas, Joel; Hartung, Kyle; Barrett, Lexi; Cuevas, Erica; Sullivan, Felicia; Mawhinney, Joanna; Nahar, Avni – Jobs for the Future, 2021
This paper argues for a radical restructuring of education for grades 11-14--by erasing the arbitrary dividing line between high school and college--to open opportunities for the learners the current systems leave behind. The authors make the case for an entirely new type of institution--neither high school nor college--designed specifically to…
Descriptors: High Schools, Colleges, Student Needs, Career Readiness
Jobs for the Future, 2021
This report is the executive summary to a paper that argues for a radical restructuring of education for grades 11-14--by erasing the arbitrary dividing line between high school and college--to open opportunities for the learners the current systems leave behind. The authors make the case for an entirely new type of institution--neither high…
Descriptors: High Schools, Colleges, Student Needs, Career Readiness
Jackson, Sheila; Mawhinney, Joanna – Jobs for the Future, 2021
"Three Big Lessons in Six Years" is both a reflection on the past and a look ahead to the future at Charlestown (C-Town) High School (Boston, Massachusetts) and other early college programs across the country. The purpose of this series is to document essential design elements, operational structures, and critical support for students to…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Dual Enrollment, College Programs
Jobs for the Future, 2021
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the United States was overdue for a transformation of its postsecondary education and workforce development systems to meet the vast skill and employment needs of today's workers and employers. The pandemic has exponentially increased this need for change, with millions of Americans permanently out of work and in…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Labor Force Development
Jackson, Sheila; Mawhinney, Joanna – Jobs for the Future, 2021
"Three Big Lessons in Six Years" is both a reflection on the past and a look ahead to the future at Charlestown (C-Town) High School (Boston, Massachusetts) and other early college programs across the country. The purpose of this series is to document essential design elements, operational structures, and critical support for students to…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Dual Enrollment, College Programs
Jackson, Sheila; Mawhinney, Joanna – Jobs for the Future, 2021
"Three Big Lessons in Six Years" is both a reflection on the past and a look ahead to the future at Charlestown (C-Town) High School (Boston, Massachusetts) and other early college programs across the country. The purpose of this series is to document essential design elements, operational structures, and critical support for students to…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Community Colleges, College School Cooperation
Hoffman, Nancy; Mawhinney, Joanna; O'Connor, Anna; Seaton, Gregory – Jobs for the Future, 2021
Early college high schools are powerful instruments for success for young men of color, and school leaders must take an intentional approach to remove systemic barriers to their engagement. This report outlines strategies to better recruit and retain young men of color in early college programs and provides examples of successful and emerging…
Descriptors: High Schools, Higher Education, Acceleration (Education), Dual Enrollment
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