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Breaking Through

Boston, MA

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is advancing a supportive state policy framework to increase adult completion rates in occupational-technical credential programs.

Description: 

JFF, with partnering community college systems in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Michigan, is advancing a supportive state policy framework to increase adult completion rates in occupational-technical credential programs. This work builds on JFF’s national partnership with the National Council for Workforce Education in the Breaking Through initiative. Via Breaking Through, which is rooted in practice improvements at the community college level, community college networks in a few states are focusing on using institutional redesign to serve returning adult students seeking occupational or technical credentials. This project will enable a network of community colleges in three states to advance policy conditions that will boost credential completion by these adults.

Expected Outcomes: 
  • Better policy via policy audits in the states.
  • Increased awareness of returning adult student challenges.
  • 17 community colleges scaling pathway innovations and participating in state policy efforts.
  • Tripled student enrollments (from 1,700 to 5,100).
  • 3,700 adults completing credentials across the participating colleges.
     
Contact
Maria Flynn
Vice President, Building Economic Opportunity Group
617-728-4857

Location

88 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110
United States