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postsecondary access

Jobs for the Future works with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries, and community colleges to reengage youth who are off track to graduation or out of school and put them on a path to postsecondary success. 

In serving this population, Back on Track was developed to reengage off-track and out-of-school youth by creating clear pathways into and through postsecondary credentials. We develop and scale these designs with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries and community colleges.

To assist its partners in this work, JFF offers a comprehensive range of services, tools, and resources.

Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

In Summer 2010, Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) conducted a survey to determine the proliferation of bridge programs throughout the country. With generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, WSC now digs deeper into bridge programs to further advance the workforce development field. Moving beyond the BridgeConnect report, WSC set out to study how these programs work to position low-skilled, low-wealth populations for success.

This report is aimed at bridge program practitioners whom WSC hopes will learn from the promising practices highlighted. Policymakers will benefit from learning how these programs are working on the ground to effectively bridge individuals into postsecondary credentials that lead to careers. The report also includes video clips that capture practitioner and participant emotions and personalities. 

Workforce Strategy Center
Workforce Strategy Center

This guide is for program developers, managers, and coordinators who want to know how to build bridge programs that integrate adult basic skills education with postsecondary education and training to increase student retention and success. The guide explains bridge program initial development, financing, program implementation and management, and evaluation and improvement techniques.

Women Employed, Chicago Jobs Council and UIC Great Cities Institute

This report highlights programs in 14 communities that are successfully addressing the challenge of providing disadvantaged young adults with the technical and postsecondary education that may qualify them for skilled positions.

Maureen R. Bozell and Melissa Goldberg
Workforce Strategy Center

This guide outlines specific steps that policymakers, program administrators, and providers can take to begin transforming their current adult education programs into Adult Education for Work programs. It provides: a vision for how comprehensive career pathways can be constructed to better meet our nation’s skill needs; a framework for organizing and effective Adult Education for Work programs, with 23 quality elements designed to prepare adults for both postsecondary learning and work; and benchmarks and promising practices that illustrate quality elements already in action in programs across the country.

National Center on Education and the Economy
National Center on Education and the Economy

Guide for low-income adults enrolling in college or other postsecondary training on public benefit options that may be available.

Deborah Harris, Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Ruth J. Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy
Crittenton Women’s Union

This guide lays out important questions to answer when planning bridge programs for adults who do not have the basic skills needed to enter directly into postsecondary training.

Davis Jenkins
Workforce Strategy Center

This report, prepared for the Breaking Through initiative, offers state policymakers six policy recommendations to increase postsecondary attainment for low-skilled adults.

Amy-Ellen Duke and Julie Strawn
Jobs for the Future

This brief describes changes in the recent reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that affect postsecondary access and success for nontraditional students.

Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield and Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy

Federal and state financial aid programs are designed with traditional students in mind, which results in less financial aid for low-income, working adults pursuing postsecondary educations. This report highlights state financial aid policies that support adults who work while attending school part-time. 

Radha Roy Biswas, Victoria Choitz, and Heath Prince
Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education