President-elect Barack Obama will take office and the 111th Congress will convene at a time when our country faces unparalleled economic and social challenges
Boston, MA (Vocus) January 5, 2009
Jobs for the Future, a national education reform and workforce development nonprofit, has released 'An Agenda for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress', addressing two of America's most pressing challenges: the call for economic recovery and growth; and the need for more equitable economic and educational opportunity for less-skilled and low-income young people and adults.
"President-elect Barack Obama will take office and the 111th Congress will convene at a time when our country faces unparalleled economic and social challenges," says Jobs for the Future President and CEO Marlene Seltzer. "Yet this is also a moment of historic opportunity, when good investments in our country's human capital can help put our country on the road to strong recovery."
The Agenda's recommendations focus on three areas:
- Helping struggling students graduate high school ready for college and career success;
- Helping more high school graduates complete a postsecondary credential; and
- Helping more workers succeed in the labor market and advance in their careers.
These recommendations leverage the promising education and labor-market models that Jobs for the Future has helped develop and expand in more than 200 communities nationwide for 25 years. They are based on successful outcomes in programs such as the Early College High School Initiative, Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
"Mining and cultivating the human capital that exists in all our communities is more than an issue of equity; it's a matter of economic competitiveness for our country," says Ms. Seltzer. "We believe the Obama Administration and members of Congress will find the education and skill-development recommendations useful as they advance plans and programs to restore America's economic standing."
Download An Agenda for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress at:
An Agenda for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress
Ten Ways the Federal Government Can Restore Economic Vitality and Increase Competitiveness Through Education and Skill Development
HELP MORE AT-RISK AND STRUGGLING STUDENTS GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS
1. Promote the creation and expansion of effective school models for struggling high school students and dropouts
2. Support access to expanded opportunities for college-level work in high school for a wide range of students
3. Support early warning systems to reduce dropping out
4. Increase the focus on high schools through a combined, differentiated accountability and improvement agenda
HELP MORE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES COMPLETE A POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL
5. Support promising and tested pathways to postsecondary success for underprepared high school graduates and GED holders
6. Provide support and incentives for more useful student outcome data reporting by postsecondary institutions
7. Encourage states and postsecondary institutions to test varied strategies for raising persistence and completion rates for low-income students
HELP MORE WORKERS SUCCEED IN THE LABOR MARKET AND ADVANCE IN THEIR CAREERS
8. Increase the flexible use of federal workforce and other funds to help lower-skilled adults advance in their careers and address employers' workforce needs
9. Strengthen local and regional workforce partnerships and collaborations that target career opportunities in high-growth industries
10. Support new pathways to postsecondary education and training for lower-skilled working adults so they can advance to better jobs
Download the Agenda and learn more at:
jrubenstein @ jff.org