Greater Texas Foundation awarded a grant of $895,000 to JFF (Jobs for the Future) to help Texas dropout recovery programs place more students on a path to postsecondary education. JFF will bring its evidence-based Back on Track to College model to five programs serving youth who have fallen off track to high school graduation. Each program will receive funds and intensive training to build bridges to postsecondary credentials, ensuring that students will not only complete their high school diploma or GED, but continue their education to prepare for fulfilling careers.
“Greater Texas Foundation’s vision is for all Texas students to have equal opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education,” said Sue McMillin, President and CEO of Greater Texas Foundation. “That includes students who do not follow the traditional timeline to complete high school. We know that a clear path forward and robust support are critical for students to complete a postsecondary credential with market value. We are excited to partner with Jobs for the Future, who will be an invaluable guiding partner for the organizations engaged in this important work.”
“JFF is thrilled to be working with schools and programs that are committed to building pathways to postsecondary credentials for their students, said Lili Allen, Associate Vice President of JFF. “We see great potential to improve the life prospects of these young people through the Back on Track model.”
Participating organizations include American YouthWorks in Austin, Forth Worth CAN Academy – Westcreek, La Joya ISD College and Career Center, Restore Education in San Antonio, and Goodwill Excel Center in Austin.