Jobs for the Future Highlights
Share Your Story to Celebrate #EarlyCollegeWeek 2021
NANCY HOFFMAN, WITH JOEL VARGAS
Nearly 20 years ago, the JFF team knew of just a few early college high school programs. As we head into Early College Week for 2021, there are hundreds—and early college programs are only growing and gaining new visibility as evidence shows their impact on equity. Early colleges are a powerful strategy for increasing college readiness, access, and degree completion of students from low-income backgrounds, particularly students of color. Kristina Zeiser of the American Institutes for Research, who has been studying these programs since 2009, says they’re “an effective way to increase rates of college-going and college completion,” and the “return on the investment in these programs is positive for both the student and society at large.”
Dual Enrollment for Students from Special Populations
SARAH HOOKER, WITH SAM FINN, DEREK NIÑO, AND ALICE RICE
Interest in dual enrollment is rising in California and nationwide, but students from special populations—including English learners, students with disabilities, foster youth, and young people experiencing homelessness—are too often left on the sidelines. This report explores promising practices and recommendations for designing dual enrollment with the assets and needs of these students at the center.
Early College High School is Changing Students' Lives and Futures in Lawrence, Massachusetts
NANCY HOFFMAN, JOANNA MAWHINNEY, AND ANNA O'CONNOR
Hundreds of students at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts are getting a head start on their college careers, thanks to an innovative model that helps students prepare for and earn college degrees while in high school.
Strategies to Support Young Men of Color in Early College High Schools
NANCY HOFFMAN, WITH JOANNA MAWHINNEY, ANNA O'CONNOR, GREGORY SEATON
Early college high schools are powerful instruments for success for students, especially young men of color. This report outlines strategies to remove systemic barriers to their engagement and provides examples of successful and emerging practices that support all youth in preparing for their future careers through early college programs.