Archive for 'College Attainment'

Beyond the Headlines — Mindset Interventions

Mindset Interventions: Less Than One Hour Online May Change a Community College Student’s Trajectory

Across the country, there is considerable room for improvement in community college graduation rates ? only 20 percent of full-time students receive a degree within 3 years.(1) Washington students fare somewhat better; nearly 29 percent receive a credential within 3 years (An additional 19% of students transfer.).(2)

The good news is that brief, low-cost interventions show promise for improving student outcomes. Behavioral research has shown that influencing students? ...

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New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

July 22, 2015

What can new research from the fields of behavioral economics and psychology teach the workforce development system to improve our success serving those in poverty?

Plenty, it turns out, as revealed in new research from Seattle Jobs Initiative:

How Poverty and Cognitive Biases can Impact Decisions and Actions: Using Research from Behavioral Economics and Psychology to Improve Workforce Development Systems

To succeed in upgrading their skills and advancing in their employment, individuals served by the workforce development system may need ...

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NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

July 9, 2015

By Brooke DeRenzis and David Kaz

National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) have selected four states to receive technical assistance with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs. Starting this month, we will work with teams in Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon to help them advance skills-based SNAP E&T programs. These states are aiming to build the skills of SNAP participants through partnerships between state SNAP E&T agencies, community colleges, and other organizations.

The ...

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RFQ: English Language Learners — Award Announcement!

RFQ: English Language Learners — Award Announcement!

July 29, 2014

On April 21, 2014, we released a Request for Qualifications Career Pathways for English Language Learners. We are pleased to announce that, after due deliberation, we have accepted a proposal from South Seattle College (SSC).

We look forward to working with SCC as they create and offer ELL-specific versions of the Start Next Quarter workshop and Work Discoveries class, as well as two new vocational ESL classes. Through these and other efforts, we hope to accelerate gains by English ...

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New Research: Washington State’s BFET Program

New Research: Washington State’s BFET Program

June 3, 2014

The story of Washington?s BFET program, the state?s federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T), is one of remarkable success. In just eight years from its October 2005 launch, the BFET program has grown from a $150,000 to a $29 million program; from serving the Seattle area exclusively to serving the entire state; and from serving a few hundred to nearly 30,000 individuals each year. The program?s innovative model emphasizes skills training provided by community ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Educational Attainment Among South Seattle High School Graduates

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is the supporting organization for The Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to close the achievement gaps for low-income students and student of color by doubling the number of South King County and South Seattle students on track to graduate or earn a career credential by 2020. Last December, CCER released its 2013 Results Report(1) providing data on 33 indicators of student success.

This edition of Beyond the Headlines focuses specifically on ...

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RFQ: English Language Learners – UPDATED 5.13.14

RFQ: English Language Learners – UPDATED 5.13.14

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RFQ QUESTIONS (submitted through Monday, May 12)

Question 3

This is a question about the definition of “Demonstrated Wage Progression,” one of the Additional Factors to Improve Competitiveness. Are you interested in the increase in wage from being unemployed to being placed in a job, or from job #1 to job#2 (i.e., an individual advancing within a chosen career field)?

The focus of this Additional Factor to Improve Competitiveness is on the efficacy of the program design to ...

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RFQ: English Language Learners

RFQ: English Language Learners

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

RFQ QUESTIONS (submitted through Monday, April 28)

Question 1
Which, if any, of the following be counted as pages in the 10-page limit of a response letter?

a. A table of contents, if provided – YES
b. The required exhibits and attachments – NO
c. The other attachments – YES

Question 2
Interested organizations are asked to submit a letter. Is there an expectation that our responses will conform to the conventions of a letter (letterhead, date, recipients? address, ...

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SJI?s Annual Conference Highlights Productive Persistence & Other Innovations in Education and Training

SJI?s Annual Conference Highlights Productive Persistence & Other Innovations in Education and Training

February 19, 2014

Last month, Seattle Jobs Initiative was pleased to bring together a diverse group of more than 120 community college staff members, educators, and community-based organization staff members for our 2014 Community College + Community-Based Organization Conference! This year?s sold-out conference featured national and local experts Bob Giloth (Annie E. Casey Foundation), David Yeager (University of Texas), and Lawrence Morales (Seattle Central Community College), who presented innovative methods for increasing the success of students and program participants ? through ...

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Mark Your Calendars: 2014 CC-CBO Conference – January 30th

Mark Your Calendars: 2014 CC-CBO Conference – January 30th

Seattle Jobs Initiative?s 2014 Community Colleges – Community-Based Organizations Conference on Innovations in Adult Training and Education

Thursday, January 30, 2014 ? |?? 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)

View event and registration information here.

How can we support students and participants who want to succeed but are struggling? How can we help them develop traits such as motivation, tenacity, and faith in their own potential? How are other organizations and educational institutions addressing these issues?

Join us as we explore these ...

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