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The Taos News

JR Logan

14 November 2016

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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A UNM-Taos nursing program has been touted by the college and the hospital as a great example of workforce development in a community that has long struggled with economic development. As leaders continue to look for ...

Quartz

Eshe Nelson

25 October 2016

Germany

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Germany boasts a high youth unemployment level by running "dual educational systems" that incorporate vocational training into formal training. Other countries are now trying to follow suit in order to boost economic ...

High Country News

Kate Schimel

10 October 2016

Paonia, Colorado, United States

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In 2011, the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), an education advocacy and research organization, launched the Colorado Legacy Schools project. The program funded innovative ways to increase the number and diversity ...

Washington Monthly

Matt Connolly

29 August 2016

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Using what he calls the "New Urban College Model," Michael Sorrell has led the complete revival of Dallas' previously failing Paul Quinn College. The school combines rigorous academics and a local work-study program, ...

USA Today

Stephanie Anderson Witmer

30 July 2016

Millersville, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Agriculture Education program at Penn Manor High school aims to teach about career paths as a farmer or within the larger agricultural industry. This type of high school education is part of a larger national tren...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

20 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Young people are graduating from high schools and not ready for college level work. Liz Willen describes different initiatives around the United States that have provided solutions for improving secondary education. S...

Bright Magazine

Beejoli Shah

15 June 2016

Surendranagar, Gujarat, India

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Since 1995, Pragnachaksu has paved a path to empowerment for blind women in India, offering academic and vocational classes in addition to braille instruction. The school provides free housing and tuition for girls lo...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

9 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Programs run by the Volunteers of America and Ohio Means Jobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County focus on employment, not only as a workforce issue, but also as a way to keep young people out of trouble and lower youth violenc...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

9 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Volunteers of America's Face Forward 2 program offers a second chance to youth offenders by focusing on education and employment. Destyni Iverson believes the program potentially changed the trajectory of life. Sh...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

11 May 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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YouthBuild focuses on a tough demographic: 18- to 21-year-old drop-outs who are eligible for neither regular high school nor adult education. The program mixes classroom learning and vocational education, qualifying t...

Devex

Anna Patton

11 April 2016

Uganda

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Educate!, a social enterprise started in Uganda, helps students start businesses while they are still in school - students are "creating jobs instead of looking for them." The organization trains teachers and youth me...

Yes! Magazine

Abigail Savitch-Lew

25 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.

NationSwell

Raisa Bruner

9 November 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Instituto del Progreso Latino, a vocational school in Chicago, is comprehensively helping Latino immigrants living in the U.S. educate themselves, find professional work, and rise above poverty.

Deseret News

Eric Schulzke

24 September 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Kids from low income families miss out on college prep conversations at home. A high school work study program in Chicago is helping these students succeed in college by connecting them with white collar professional ...

Model D

MJ Galbraith

22 September 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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With the help of a grant, a high school in Detroit is making "13th grade" desirable. Upon completion, graduates of the tuition-free 5-year "Early College" program are certified to work in a range of roles in the healt...

Bright Magazine

Peter Willhoite

10 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, a non-profit created an industrial arts education school offering youth an alternative classroom for learning where failure is welcomed and everything is hands on, such as welding and forging. The non-prof...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

8 August 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom...

The Huffington Post

Joseph Erbentraut

31 July 2015

Za'atari, Jordan

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The living conditions in refugee camps in the Middle East are very poor. Architects are piloting the Re:Build construction system that utilizes materials in the natural environment to construct homes, schools, and cli...

Fortune

Amy Kaslow

29 June 2015

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...

Voice of San Diego

Mario Koran

22 June 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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School districts across the country struggle with helping their “English-learner” students learn English and academic content at the same time. Kearny High School in San Diego does not isolate these special students, ...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

14 June 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In a city with a long-struggling school system, a nonprofit trade program is helping unemployed adults find work in the high-tech manufacturing field. Technical Employment Training in San Bernardino ensures participan...

NPR

Cory Turner

9 June 2015

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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At 90 percent, Iowa's high school graduation rate was the best in the nation in 2015. The NPR Ed Team looked at Iowa City's lowest performing schools to get a sense of how the state differentiates itself. Scavo, an al...

Newark Advocate

Jona Ison

3 May 2015

Newark, Ohio, United States

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Research shows that successful addiction recovery requires a comprehensive approach and multiple types of support. Ohio is in the midst of shifting its approach to vocational rehabilitation to an evidence-based approa...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

2 May 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Since the 1960s, New York City has run the nation’s largest publicly managed summer jobs program. Nearly 50,000 14- to 24-four-year-olds spend six weeks working, not only in publicly funded day care centers, summer ca...

Bright Magazine

Diana Prichard

27 April 2015

Gonzales, California, United States

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Half of U.S. farm workers are Hispanic, but few make it to leadership positions. A historically white non-profit, FFA, is creating equal education programs in California to increase leadership opportunities for minori...

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