Organizational Background & Mission:
Founded in 1983, Jobs for the Future began as a regional nonprofit working with a few states to assess their workforce needs—helping employers find skilled workers, and helping workers move into higher-wage jobs. Today, JFF works to expand the college, career, and life prospects of low-income youth and adults across 25 states.
Building on 30 years of experience, JFF works to fix all “leaks” along the education-to-career pipeline. Within JFF, the Building Economic Opportunity Group focuses on helping underprepared students to earn postsecondary credentials, low-skilled workers to advance, and employers to thrive though a range of strategies, including:
- Changing how Adult Basic Education is taught to accelerate skills development for underprepared adults and guide them into postsecondary programs that yield credentials with high labor market value.
- Helping colleges structure career pathways for their students to follow, based on what skills and credentials are in the highest demand locally, as determined by analyzing realtime and traditional labor market information.
- Forging regional partnerships between employers and education/training providers to train and advance workers, as well as deepen employers’ talent pools.
- Working with hospitals to invest in the continuing education, certification, and advancement of their frontline workers through work-based learning programs.