College and Career Quest Program
The College & Career Quest Program is a yearlong post-secondary prep program for first generation and/or low income students in grades 9-12 and their parents. This unique Program will help participants make smart, informed decisions about their post-secondary goals and plans, whether they intend to go to college, or enter the workforce directly with the intent of a long-term career goal.

Outline
Working directly with experienced College Admissions and Guidance Counselors, students will explore a variety of post-secondary options, including college attendance and direct-to-workforce options pursuing a career.

This Program focuses on the "best fit solution" for each individual student, including both group and one-on-one sessions, predicated on the student's individual needs. The Program also includes specific and tailored Action Items for the student and family to complete between sessions and events, which taken together, outline a complete path to college readiness and/or career readiness success.

All sessions and events work with the studentís academic and extra-curricular schedule, and require an average of only 1.5 hours of effort per week.

Who Should Apply?
This program is designed specifically for first generation and/or low income students in grades 9 through 12. We will partner with community organizations that serve:

  1. Teens who are the first in their families to attend college.
  2. Low income students who assume they cannot afford college.
  3. Young adults, including High School graduates and GED recipients, who desire to attend college.

To discover if you qualify for this program, contact us. Your information is confidential and will not be shared with any other parties without your consent.

Components
The College & Career Quest Program consists of 3 components Ė College Readiness, Career Readiness, and Parental Information. All 3 components are mandatory, to ensure the success of the student.

The College Readiness component will help students to:

  • Select courses and activities in high school to improve studentís admissions potential.
  • Understand the differences between all standardized test (PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Test)
  • Increase standardized test scores by participating in test preparation tutoring sessions.
  • Become familiar with different types of financial aid that is available.
  • Prepare for scholarship interviews so that student can make an excellent impression.
  • Explore colleges by participating in college tours and hearing from college admission representatives and talk with students about their experiences.
  • Gain an understanding on how to become the student colleges want, including steps to successful college selection, how to create a compelling college essay, and how to accurately complete the college application.

The Career Readiness component will help students to:

  • Identify career goals and create relevance between academic subjects and potential careers.
  • Gain exposure to a variety of careers and positive role models from diverse backgrounds.
  • Focus on career exploration, career planning and career research geared toward student gaining a better understanding of self.
  • Utilize results of Career Interest Inventory to identify possible careers that align with studentís interests.
  • Complete student career and employment portfolio (resume, cover letter, reference sheet, job interview questions and sample thank you letters and completed application).

The Parent component will help parents of high school students to:

  • Focus on how to help their child with college and career decisions.
  • Understand how to navigate the college admissions process.
  • Become familiar with Financial Aid forms and requirements.

Location of Session and Events
All College and Career Question Program sessions and events (with the exception of college tours) take place at community locations in the Raleigh-Durham area which are accessible by public transit.

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