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Jake Blanch is an MA student in Geography and Urban Studies where he focuses on human capital and its connection to economic sustainability and development. Jake has worked in a variety of administrative, research, and direct service roles within the areas of alternative education, youth development, workforce development, and higher education. Having attained a B.S. in Education, Criminal Justice, and English from Temple University, he manages an emerging college retention program with Mastery Charter Schools and continues to teach in the English Department where he has developed and implemented a variety of course designs, including those which connect his students to opportunities in community based organizations through partnerships in Philadelphia.