• Middle-skill STEM Framework

    Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework

    To help states and community colleges strengthen pipelines into STEM careers that do not require a four-year degree, JFF and Achieving the Dream have created a Middle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework highlighting concrete state policy levers and strategies. These jobs’ annual salaries average more than $50,000, and so are an unprecedented opportunity for community college students.

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  • Educational Assessment

    A New Era for Educational Assessment

    This new paper from Students at the Center's Deeper Learning Research Series argues that the time is ripe for a shift in educational assessment, where we reconsider overreliance on standardized tests and embrace the use of multiple measures that, in combination, provide much deeper and more useful information about students’ readiness to succeed after high school.

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  • National Early College Conference Registration Open

    National Early College Conference

    Jobs for the Future and Educate Texas invite you to the 2014 National Early College Conference. Attend and be part of the growing movement! Educational innovators from around the country will be coming together to explore how early college schools transform education and change the future. Keynote speakers include Dr. Chris Emdin, the #HipHopEducator! Early-bird discounts available now.

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  • High School Graduate, College Study Group, Policymaker, Construction Worker

    Who Is Jobs for the Future?

    The mission of JFF is to ensure that all lower-income young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy. Our vision is for the promise of education and economic mobility in America to be achieved for everyone. For 30 years, we have helped employers find skilled workers, and workers move into higher-wage jobs through education and training programs. We are a Boston-based nonprofit working in over 100 communities nationwide.

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  • Competency Education

    The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement

    This new paper from Students at the Center explores competency education, a promising way to help meet our national priority of preparing all young people for college and careers. In competency-based schools, students advance at different rates, based on their ability to demonstrate mastery of content, with teachers providing customized supports.
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  • Lacey

    Impact Profile, Lacey Bowman: Accelerating to College and Career Success

    All Lacey Bowman wanted at age 29 was a cashier job at a convenience store to help support her family, but not a single store was interested. After months of rejections, Lacey visited a workforce training center in South Texas and quickly learned what was wrong—she had little work experience and no high school diploma. But Lacey resolved to fix the problem and set her sights even higher.   “Within one year, Accelerate TEXAS helped me get from zero job prospects, to a college education and a family-supporting career. It created pathways for me that I didn’t even know were possible."
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