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Dallas County Promise Provides Learners with the Skills Employers Need

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Dallas County, Texas – like many communities across the country – is grappling with a lack of a skilled talent pipeline for its growing industries, in large part due to the lack of affordability and supports for postsecondary education. In Dallas County, only 37 percent of adults have a two- or four-year degree, yet 65 percent of living-wage jobs require an education beyond high school.

To tackle this ongoing issue, Dallas County Promise was created with support from JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills for Youth initiative, to help all students complete college with the skills most needed by North Texas employers. To be eligible, students sign the Promise Pledge acknowledging their interest in pursuing postsecondary education, have attended a participating high school for their full senior year, and meet the required deadlines for admissions, course enrollment and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 The first cohort of participants is already making significant strides as the Dallas County Community College District saw a 35 percent increase in college enrollment and the University of North Texas at Dallas increased their enrollment by 30 percent in the 2017-18 school year.

“We know the surest way to expand access to opportunity is to equip people with the skills needed to compete for well-paying, in-demand jobs that are available today and tomorrow,” said Anne Motsenbocker, Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and head of the company’s Middle Market Banking division for Texas. “That’s why we are supporting communities around the world to design and implement innovative new approaches to career education that prepare young people to enter the workforce with the skills, experiences, and credentials they need to succeed in good careers in growing industries.”

The program pays for any balance of tuition not covered by federal or state financial aid at participating Promise partner colleges. Ninety-eight percent of eligible students have signed the Promise pledge this year and 60 percent completed the FAFSA. Postsecondary partners include the University of North Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University—Commerce and Midwestern State University, as well as 11 additional colleges and universities.

The support is not strictly financial; once enrolled in college, participants are supported by a variety of channels, including success coaches to help learners become informed about career opportunities and a 12-month leadership academy that connects Promise students with CEOs to receive mentorship.

 Partners also launched a Parent Promise scholarship to offer parents of 2019 high school seniors tuition toward a certificate or an associate degree. The Parent Promise is limited to parents of students at a subset of high schools that represent areas with low postsecondary degree attainment.

Last year, JPMorgan Chase New Skills for Youth initiative invested $3 million to support the efforts of Dallas County Promise. As the program grows, it will continue to focus on these main goals: to provide technical assistance to schools, to further develop career pathway strategies, and to expand and enhance data capabilities. The program is part of the statewide initiative known as 60x30TX, which has the goal of 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 with a degree by 2030 in Texas.

Dallas County Promise is a JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth Innovation Site aiming to improve career pathways for learners. This snapshot is part of a series documenting the progress of the local investments from across the globe that aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs. Learn more about the innovations sites here.

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

By Nicole Howard in Uncategorized
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The Learning that Works Resource Center: A Quick Guide

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

resource centerEarlier this week Advance CTE launched the Learning that Works Resource Center, a repository of high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) and career readiness research and promising policies. The Resource Center is supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co’s New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of Advance CTE, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Education Strategy Group, and is designed to connect state leaders, policymakers, academics and practitioners alike with a vetted bank of resources from which to learn and expand their knowledge of CTE.

While the Resource Center is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, here are some tips and tricks to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.  

I Want to Learn More about a Topic

The home page features 12 different categories of resources related to CTE. Hover your mouse over a topic tile to see a description of the types of resources included in that category.

Once you’ve settled on a topic to explore, click on the tile to enter the Resource Center and view a list of resources. The most relevant documents will be listed at the top, but you can filter even further by using the “By State” and “By Resource Type” filters at top of the page. Note that the icon next to the resource indicates the resource type: Guide/Tool, Policy or Report/Case Study.

Click on any resource title to read a summary and download the full version of the resource. Related resources are located at the bottom of each resource page, but you can always explore another topic by clicking on the menu to the left.

I Am Looking for a Specific Resource

The Resource Center includes advanced search options to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Start by clicking the “Advanced Search” button at the bottom of the home page to access additional search filters. From here you can search by title, keyword, primary topic, resource type and/or state. Be aware: while this feature allows you to hone in on specific resources, including additional filters limits the search response. You may end up seeing only one or two results.

The “Search by State” and “New Skills for Youth” buttons on the bottom of the home page also allow for further filtering. “Search by State” allows you to identify all resources related to a specific state, which may come in handy if you want to learn more about a program or policy in that state. “New Skills for Youth” includes tools and resources specific to the JPMorgan Chase New Skills for Youth initiative.

I Have Limited Knowledge of CTE but Want to Learn More

Good news – you’ve come to the right place! The Resource Center has all the information you need to become an expert on CTE. If you want to get a broad sense of what other people in the field are reading, click on the “Most Popular” button at the bottom of the home page to view a list of the most frequently visited pages. Otherwise, you may want to start by exploring the 12 topics and narrow down your search from there.

The Resource Center already includes a broad collection of resources spanning a range of topics, states and audiences. All the same, Advance CTE will continue to update the website with high-quality documents that meet the Resource Center criteria for inclusion. If you would like to contribute any resources, you can submit them for review here. If you have additional questions that weren’t addressed above, feel free to reach out to us directly at resources@careertech.org.  


Austin Estes, Policy Associate

By Austin Estes in Publications, Research, Resources, Uncategorized
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