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Creating Career Paths for the Low-Skilled in High Poverty Areas

Jobs for the Future

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $102,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2008–December 31, 2008
  • Location Boston, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Texas

About this grant

This grant will allow Jobs for the Future and its partner, the National Council for Workforce Education, to identify, support, and convene a network of community colleges located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley that have an institutional commitment and capacity to move adults with low skills to college-level certificates and degrees. This initiative would build upon and connect to current networking practices and implementation strategies pioneered by Jobs for the Future in a previous Mott Foundation-funded program that enabled adult students to enter and succeed in community college occupational degree and credential programs. Over three years, the scope of work will include a funded demonstration project at one college in the Lower Rio Grande Valley; a robust peer learning network among a set of interested colleges located there; connection to the national community college learning network; and technical assistance, knowledge development, and network facilitation. This first-year grant is envisioned as a period to lay the groundwork for a full-scale launch of the high poverty area initiative beginning in the second year.