Many high schools focus on enhancing student performance in basic academic skills and, as a result, many schools do not have the time to provide opportunities during the school day for all students to learn about college and career options.

Afterschool and summer learning programs can be a great place to expose students to career options, to make the link between academics and future career goals and even to guide students through the process of exploring majors and applying to college. Learn more about the role your out-of-school time program can play in preparing students for a successful future.

The resources provided deal with programming in general and certain practices may not be applicable to 21st CCLC. If you are unsure if a recommended practice is permissible, please contact your program officer at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Affordable Colleges Online

Afterschool Programming as a Lever to Enhance and Provide Career Readiness Opportunities

Career Readiness Resources (Career Ready PA)

Community for Accredited Online Schools

College Board

College Planning (Pennsylvania Department of Education resources)

College Possible

Five Suggestions to Leverage Afterschool Programs to Promote College & Career Readiness

Get Schooled College Planning

Key “Soft Skills” That Foster Youth Workforce Success: Toward a Consensus Across Fields

LGBTQ+ College Student Resource Center

Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide

University HQ – Best College Degrees and Majors Guide