An Intermediary’s Guide to Working with Higher Education Partners

At a Glance

This guide supports intermediaries and their community college partners in forming productive and lasting relationships. The goal of these partnerships is to provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credits that will help them build their future careers.

Published sep. 30, 2020
Area of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement

About the Guide

Intermediaries that design and build work-based learning delivery systems believe that postsecondary credentials—certifications and degrees (both associate’s and bachelor’s)—are a requirement for most good jobs. Indeed, such credentials increase access to economic mobility and, ultimately, greater equity. When coupled with work-based learning experiences, postsecondary credentials become even more powerful. But many intermediaries have little experience working with higher education partners to make sure that students earn the credentials they need.

This guide draws on JFF’s long experience and lessons learned supporting intermediaries and their community college partners to form productive and lasting relationships that benefit young people.