Jobs for the Future (JFF) received a $16.6 million-dollar grant from the Gates Foundation to support the work of Centers for Student Success. New Jersey is one of 14 centers supported by the JFF network. Grant funds are being used to provide technical assistance to Centers.
The three primary areas of technical assistance are:
1. Foundations for Guided Pathways (National Partner: National Center for Inquiry & Improvement- Rob Johnston): Focused primarily on making the case for Guided Pathways.
2. Scale of Adoption Assessment and Consultation Process (National Partner: Community College Research Center- CCRC): Focused on assessment of Guided Pathways progress at the colleges.
3. Advising and Student Supports Redesign Services (National Partner: Achieving the Dream-ATD): Focused on supporting colleges as they redesign advising and student supports to help student get on and stay on a path.
Although Centers will benefit from some support in each area, only a few Centers will receive in-depth support in each area. We are thrilled that New Jersey has been selected to receive in-depth support for advising and student supports redesign, as this was the area that most Centers requested in-depth assistance. New Jersey was selected to receive this support because of our strong commitment (and early actions) to better serving students so we should be very proud. This is extremely exciting as this support will help us make significant progress with Guided Pathways.
New Jersey is positioned to be a national leader in this space!