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.*

Community for Accredited Online Schools

College Board

College Career Life Planning

Helping Youth Prepare for Careers (PDF)

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

Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide

The Potential of Career and College Readiness and Exploration in Afterschool Programs (PDF)

Promising Pathways to Careers Toolkit

* Disclaimer: The resources provided deal with arts-related programming in general and certain practices may not be applicable to 21st Century Community Learning Centers. If you are unsure if a recommended practice is permissible, please contact your program officer at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.