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Seeking inspiration for your students? Look no further than Ikie Brooks, a junior at  Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured Ikie, who grew up in a rural town devastated by economic hardship and widespread drug addiction. With the support of GEAR UP, Ikie is beating the odds and on […] Read More

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Middle School – College Preparation Checklist

admin | Friday, December 2, 2016

Preparing for college can be overwhelming. There is a lot think about and even more to learn about. Researching colleges, learning about financial aid, creating a high school academic plan, and taking entrance exams are just the tip of the iceberg. Since there is so much to learn it makes sense that students begin the […] Read More

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Career Readiness: Practicing Conflict Resolution

admin | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Having students align their interest to possible career pathways is a great start to career readiness, but so much more is needed. It’s also about having students learn the skills that employers are looking for in potential employees. And they can’t just learn them, but they need to practice them. One of the soft skills […] Read More

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Zoneton MS Starting the Year off Right!

admin | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Zonetone Middle School just started the Career & College Clubs program, and is already seeing improvement in their students. Part of the Bullitt County Public Schools in Kentucky, Zoneton adopted Career & College Clubs starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Teresa Jaggers, practical living teacher and Career & College Clubs coach, told us – The […] Read More

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College Readiness Gap Persists

admin | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

While 60 percent of Asian American students and 49 percent of white students showed strong readiness for college coursework, meeting three or more of the ACT benchmarks, just 23 percent of Hispanic students and only 11 percent of African American students earned that same level of achievement. — ACT News Release, 8/24/2016 ACT, Inc. released […] Read More

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From ACT, Inc. – First-generation students are falling further behind their peers in meeting key college readiness benchmarks, according to a new report released today by ACT and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: First-Generation Students, showed that for the past five years, the […] Read More

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Celebrate College Signing Day 2016

admin | Thursday, April 21, 2016

As part of her #ReachHigher Initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is once again sponsoring #CollegeSigningDay on Tuesday, April 26. College Signing Day is a chance to celebrate students for making a commitment to higher education. Hosted by schools, organizations, community leaders and influencers, Signing Day is a chance to rally around local students and show […] Read More

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Forty-seven percent of American high school graduates do not complete either a college- or career-ready course of study, defined as the standard 15-course sequence required for entry at many public colleges, along with three or more credits in a broad career field such as health science or business, according to a new study by The […] Read More

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Class of 2024 Pledge

admin | Friday, April 8, 2016

  Career & College Club students at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center (Los Angeles) are committed to success!   Read More

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Budgeting for 2016-2017 is in full swing at many schools and districts. No doubt educators are grappling with difficult issues like funding shortfalls, enrollment trends, personnel changes, and more. But amidst the challenges, let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal: ensuring students are prepared to succeed in life, including their careers and, if they […] Read More