Creating Opportunity through Blended Learning
JFYNetWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit provider of blended learning resources, has a four-decade history of conceiving and developing programs to enhance the academic and economic success of low-income urban youth and young adults. Our programs have utilized various education and training strategies over the years as the labor market has evolved, from competency-based GED instruction to biotechnology lab training to online college readiness. Our strategy throughout has been to recognize changes in the economy and adjust our programs accordingly.
Today, JFYNetWorks addresses the need for developing college-level skills in high school. An associate’s degree is worth $260,000 more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma; a bachelor’s degree is $1,367,000. However, fewer than half of our high school graduates complete any level of a post-secondary degree or certificate.
JFYNetWorks addresses this post-secondary achievement gap in two ways: by providing focused blended learning programs in high school to help students build the academic skills they need to enter and succeed in college or technical training; and by supporting Early College programs that jump-start post-secondary by giving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school.
The JFYNetWorks blended program model — infusing targeted online content into the regular curriculum — is both scalable and sustainable. The economies of scale created by the low unit cost of online instruction allow expansion to entire schools or districts without strain to tight budgets.