Washington Post: Last night, high school juniors and seniors officially began their foray into the college application process with the unveiling of the 2012-2013 Common Application. Used by 450 colleges and universities across the country, the Common Application was developed as a way to cut down on the number of separate applications a student applying to various colleges would have to complete.
Within 30 minutes of the Common Application becoming available online, 300 individuals had registered for an account. Talk about trying to get ahead of the competition!
As we discussed in yesterday’s blog post, Communities In Schools is there every step of the way to help students through the college application process. Across our network, affiliates organize campus visits, offer SAT and ACT prep, provide assistance in applying for financial aid and so much more. Applying to college can be a confusing and stressful process, but no student should let the process itself hold them back from achieving his or her dreams.
Huffington Post: To help fill the skills gap many industrial employers across the nation are currently facing, community colleges are beginning to offer a “career pathways” model of education. In addition to offering courses in business and management, career pathways give students the knowledge needed to perform highly technical industrial jobs, such as agricultural mechanics. Doing this helps employers fill job openings, and helps fight back against the nation’s rising unemployment rates by teaching students marketable skills that fill an immediate need.
Communities In Schools is dedicated to making sure that every student we serve has a marketable skill upon graduating from high school. Whether it’s auto mechanics, office management, or even how to make an excellent cup of coffee, our site coordinators provide a foundation of skills that can help students gain future employment and become independent, successful adults.
Huffington Post: Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali had a blog post featured on The Huffington Post this week about helping students overcome trauma in order to succeed in the classroom. Every day, students face extraordinary challenges: hunger, neighborhood violence and family issues, to name but a few. These barriers often prevent students from achieving their best in the classroom, setting them up for a lifetime of struggle. The best way to overcome these barriers, Cardinali suggested in the blog post, is for schools to approach education with more holistic criteria.
“With 22 percent of the nation’s children now living in poverty and a persistently high unemployment rate, public education must reframe how it educates students to realize its purpose,” said Cardinali.