Joyce Program Joint Fund

The Joint Fund for Education and Employment bridges the Joyce Foundation’s work in its Education and Employment programs to identify, document and scale programmatic and policy innovations to improve the education and employment outcomes of residents in the Great Lakes region.

In a fast-paced economy driven by changing technology and other forces, employers across the Great Lakes region need workers with a range of cognitive, technical and personal skills. But, far too many children and adults are emerging from school unprepared to successfully compete in this ever-changing job market. Becoming college and career ready is a process that starts early in life and continues into adulthood. 

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Pathways

Regions can bridge this divide through partnerships between their secondary, post-secondary, and workforce systems. Ultimately, these partnerships often entail a focus on real-life applications of core academic skills, job shadowing and internships, high school courses designed to increase enrollment in college-level courses upon matriculation, and opportunities to earn college credits while in high school. 


Goal

Close the gap between high school graduation and college entrance by expanding partnerships between high school and postsecondary institutions

Personal Success Skills

Higher-order cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills can improve academic achievement, social and emotional well-being, college retention, and workplace success. But little is known about how to teach or build these skills. We will support efforts to understand how these crucial skills, can be measured, taught, and learned. 

Goal

Better understand how to teach or build personal success skills

Teaching and Learning

It seems increasingly likely that current teaching approaches will need to evolve if all students are to acquire the full set of cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary for success in the classroom and in the workplace. The Joint Fund aims to improve teaching and learning in ways that will promote academic preparedness, college attainment and skill building. We will support efforts to identify, document, measure, and spread promising approaches that emphasize real-world application of skills, develop self-efficacy, personalize learning and integrate technology effectively.

Goal

Build evidence on promising, nascent approaches to teaching and learning

What We Fund

We focus on initiatives that make an impact on the Great Lakes region.

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