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Additional Career Development Resources

Jobs for the Future (JFF) Resources

Jobs for the Future drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

Five guiding principles inspire everything we do at JFF. Staff build on our values to create an innovative and impactful organization.

  • Mission-Driven: We are fueled by the desire to create a world where everyone has equal opportunity for economic advancement.

  • Bold: We lead with innovative ideas and actions that push the boundaries of what is possible.

  • Transformative: We bring about meaningful and lasting system-level change.

  • Rigorous: We work diligently to design, test, and scale evidence-based solutions.

  • Passionate: We believe our efforts have the power to strengthen the nation’s economy and improve people’s lives.

Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Publications

The Coalition for Career Development Center (CCD) Center is an industry-led nonpartisan coalition committed to making career readiness the first priority of American education and dedicated to transforming career development through priorities including education reform, research initiatives, stakeholder engagement, and more. The CCD Center believes in providing ALL learners with high-quality career development services and technologies that will help secure productive employment in their chosen careers as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. 

​The CCD Center works collaboratively with leaders from education, business, government, and non-profit organizations to create a national movement dedicated to helping all learners become career and future ready. Our scope of work includes:

  • Communicating the value of career development; 

  • Identifying and promoting best practices; 

  • Organizing and conducting convenings; 

  • Promoting research and evaluation; and 

  • Fostering collaboration. 

Accelerate ED Resources

In recognition of the critical importance of building stronger, smoother, accelerated pathways between K-12 education, postsecondary education, and careers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting multi-tiered efforts to build and scale these opportunities for students. This includes a regional accelerator (the Accelerate ED community), a national digitally-enabled model, and targeted local efforts in specific states and communities. 

At the regional level, the 12 Accelerate ED design teams are working to expand initiatives for students that improve college transition, persistence, and completion, and share a focus on helping students figure out their occupational aspirations, build social capital, and acquire relevant work experience. Each Accelerate ED design team received a $175,000 grant to expand their existing programs and learn from one another over the course of an eight-month “design sprint.”