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Human Work and Learning
First-Year College Students’ Online Learning Experiences During the Pandemic
Aug. 16, 2021
It has been more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. In response, more than 1,300 U.S. colleges and universities closed their campuses and transferred to online-only instruction in the spring semester of 2020. A majority of first-year college students faced academic challenges, and many had trouble accessing proper resources, says…
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Improving Career Education Pathways Into California’s Workforce

Recent Investments Target Community College Training for In-Demand Jobs

July 28, 2021
The current economic crisis hit Californians with less education hard and brought greater attention to the role public workforce training can play in an equitable recovery. A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California examines the supports and resources that can help more students access and complete career education programs.
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Realizing the Potential for Rapid Reskilling

Practitioner-Informed Policy Considerations and Commitments for Short-Term Credentialing Programs

July 26, 2021
Short-term postsecondary credentialing programs represent an effective way for workers and learners of all backgrounds to build the skills they need to enter rewarding careers and achieve financial security in today’s rapidly changing economy. But it can be difficult to assess the quality of these programs. This report from Jobs for the Future examines the…
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Staying the Course

Lessons From the Central Ohio Partnership for College and Career Readiness Expansion

July 21, 2021
For over a year, stories of economic devastation, food and housing insecurity, and the challenges of remote learning have dominated headlines as the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in dramatic changes for education, businesses, and communities. In the Columbus, Ohio region, the pandemic widened existing inequalities. This report from Jobs for the Future describes how the Central…
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The Big Blur

An Argument for Erasing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Careers—and Creating One New System That Works for Everyone

July 19, 2021
A new paper from Jobs for the Future argues for a radical restructuring of education for grades 11–14. Specifically, it calls for an entirely new type of institution—neither high school nor college—designed to better meet the needs of young people after 10th grade and help prepare them to succeed in the world of work.
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Learning as an Experience

Innovative Training for the Future of Work

June 22, 2021
Today’s definition of “work ready” means workers need more than just the right skills. They need an infrastructure that supports continuous and transformative learning throughout a lifetime. This report from Jobs for the Future takes a deep dive into the complex and evolving alternative education and training market, focusing on high-quality solutions that have a…
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Centering Federal Industrial Policy in Racial Justice & Community Development
June 15, 2021
Manufacturing is as good for local neighborhoods as it is for the nation. A robust urban manufacturing ecosystem stimulates economic growth that is more equitable, reduces the impact of climate change, and increases national security, says this report from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance. The study offers a set of recommendations for how the federal government…
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Report cover with pictograms of workers on a Q*bert style of isometric platforms.
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Mission Not Accomplished

Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers

June 8, 2021
Engineering occupations are some of the highest-paying and most prestigious in the US labor market, but they are also some of the least diverse. Mission Not Accomplished: Unequal Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Latinx Engineers finds that of the nearly 1.7 million prime-age engineering workers in the United States in 2019, 81% were either…
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Back to Class

Will Pandemic-Disrupted Learners Return to School?

May 19, 2021
The pandemic has led to a national crisis of widespread disruption to both work and education for millions of adults in the United States, especially those from historically marginalized groups. Will these disrupted workers and learners pursue education and training in the coming months? A new report from the Strada Education Network says that rates…
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The Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good Jobs

Recommendations to boost economic growth

April 27, 2021
Strengthening economic growth in the United States is both a short-term and long-term challenge, contends this report from Center for American Progress. In the short term, policymakers needed to boost economic growth through the American Rescue Plan to jump-start a strong and broadly shared recovery. In the long term, the report says Congress must make…
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