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FROM GED TO COLLEGE DEGREE: CREATING PATHWAYS TO POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS BY JOHN GARVEY, WITH TERRY GROBE

MAY 2011

Now, the Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP project, the Early College Initiative, and the CUNY School Support Organization. He also coordinated the development Jobs for the Future develops, implements, and

of the Teacher Academy, an undergraduate program

promotes new education and workforce strategies that

intended to prepare math and science teachers for

help communities, states, and the nation compete in a

the city’s public middle schools and high schools.

global economy. In 200 communities in 43 states, JFF

The academy was CUNY’s component of the New

improves the pathways leading from high school to

York City Partnership for Teacher Excellence, which

college to family-sustaining careers.

includes the city’s Department of Education and New

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York University. In 2003, Mr. Garvey led the effort to establish CUNY Prep, a college preparatory program for young adults who had left school before obtaining a diploma. During his 20 years working in CUNY’s central office, he also designed and conducted numerous research and professional development projects on literacy-related issues.

Developing Postsecondary On Ramps for Older, Disconnected Youth Through support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jobs for the Future is working with national youth-serving networks to increase the number and quality of postsecondary pathways for older disconnected youth, ages 18-26. JFF works as a strategic partner with the National Youth Employment Coalition and YouthBuild USA. JFF also provides strategic consultation and technical assistance for the partners’ grantees, helping them build their capacity to grow and scale up new college-connected designs. This work ultimately aims to make the case for investments in programming that helps youth obtain postsecondary credentials with labor market value. As part of this work, JFF focuses on scaling up two pathways, Back on Track/GED to College and Year to Career.

Terry Grobe is a program director on JFF’s Pathways to Postsecondary team, which focuses on city, state, and network initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for struggling students and out-of-school youth. As part of this work, she leads an initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that is working with national youth-serving organizations to develop and scale up postsecondary pathways for older youth, including Year to Career and GED to College. She also led JFF’s work with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Multiple Education Pathways Blueprint Initiative, a seven-city effort to expand education options and raise high school graduation rates. She is the coauthor, most recently, of Dollars and Sense: How “Career First” Programs Like Year Up Benefit Youth and Employers. She has a long history of professional experience in the areas of high school reform, alternative education, and youth systems development. Ms. Grobe holds a B.S. in education from the University of Nebraska and an M.Ed. in secondary school administration from

About the Authors

Northeastern University.

John Garvey is a consultant on higher education, working for such clients as the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, Jobs for the Future, the Academy for Educational Development, the National League of Cities, and the Youth Development Institute. For many years, he was dean of the Teacher Academy and Collaborative Programs at the City University of New York, Office of Academic Affairs. He oversaw CUNY’s numerous collaborations with the New York City Department of Education, including College

Acknowledgments John Garvey, working as a consultant to JFF, is the principal author of this report. Terry Grobe prepared the preface,