This paper is the third in a series of Jobs Initiative issue briefs. It looks at the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jobs Initiative and its implications for public policy – including reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, finanical aid tailored for working adults with children, employer incentives to support skill-building for low-wage employees, and more. 

October 27, 2003

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    A summary of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative.

  2. 2

    Results of the Jobs Initiative between 1995 and 2002.

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    How the Jobs Initiative combined a range of skill-building activities.

  4. 4

    How the Higher Education Act could better meet its goals of improved access to education.

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    How the Pell program could cover additional students.

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    Incentives for colleges to develop skills development programs for working adults.

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    Employer incentives to support skill building for low-wage employees.

Key Takeaway

Education Policy Reform

While the Higher Education Act of 1965 intended to increase access to education for low-income traditional students, it was biased toward a small part of the population who lack education and training opportunities. The Reauthorization of the Act in 2004 was a way to reach many more working adults, simultaneously lifting them out of poverty and meeting employer demands for skilled workers. 

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