College & Career Connections
WISH LIST: $100: career networking event for youth and local professionals; $1000: campus visit transportation for 400 youth; $2500: OnTrack! college and career planning workbooks
In Wards 7 and 8, only four out of ten high school freshman complete their senior year – and most drop out before they are sophomores. College & Career Connections works with students at this critical juncture, ensuring that they have a positive freshman experience and endowing them with the resources and drive to complete high school. A two-year, interactive classroom workshop series, CCC's OnTrack! program engages eighth and ninth graders at partner schools, encouraging their unique interests and demonstrating how those interests can develop into careers – and how college is critical in the process. A Game of Life workshop teaches the value of a living wage and importance of personal budgeting, while Mock Admissions encourages students to assess themselves from the perspective of college admissions officers. Last year, over 400 low-income students visited local workplaces, met with business professionals in "speed-networking" sessions, and spent a day at a nearby college, touring the campus and meeting professors. When school and goals are linked, students work harder and aim higher. Won't you get "connected"?
Interim Executive Director
4620 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20019