“This year more than ever, College & Career Month will play a critical role helping students get a robust understanding of the importance of postsecondary education and giving them the tools to act on their college and career goals."
Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation
October is College & Career Month in Boston! This marks an exciting month of events and activities designed to encourage all students and their families to begin planning for a passion-filled life after high school as early as possible.
College & Career Month is an annual campaign each October to create awareness about college affordability, college admissions, and the types of degrees and careers that go along with a college education. The goal of College & Career Month is to showcase all of the city’s varied and helpful resources designed to get students prepared for, enrolled in, and through college. These include resources related to the PSAT and SAT; virtual college tours, including to HBCUs and two- and four year institutions; FAFSA support and college affordability; and exploration of postsecondary options to help students map out their college journey.
Now in its 16th year, College & Career Month is a partnership between the Boston Public Schools and Success Boston. Since College & Career Month began, Success Boston and its partners have worked to increase the numbers of Boston Public Schools students who attend and complete college. Today, the six-year college completion rate stands at 54% for BPS graduates, up from 35% for the class of 2000.
Click here to explore resources and learn about key events and activities.
Click on the links below to watch recordings of the 2020 BPS Virtual College & Career Panels.
Click on the link below to watch a recording of the Success Boston Alumni panel: As part of College & Career Month, this panel brought together BPS alumni who, with support from Success Boston, recently entered or completed college and are embarking on their careers. Panelists shared their stories of transition and success, their experience and preparation as BPS alumni, and their advice for current students and those who educate and support them.
When thinking about your future, dream big! Start by setting goals and envisioning your ideal lifestyle. What are your passions? What makes you happy? What are you good at? Think about what kind of career would both make you happy and allow you to attain the lifestyle you want. What kind of degree do you need in order to enter that career? What kind of college or university do you need to go to? What do you need to do now in order to get accepted?
What’s the value of a college degree? The ability to earn $1.4 million more throughout your career...than someone who does not have one.
Did you know? There is a lifetime difference of $1M for earning a college degree.
There is a career for everyone! Spend time investigating all the possibilities.
Creating opportunities for more students to pursue STEM fields after high school will continue to improve our education system, workforce and economy.
STEM careers are some of the most high-demand job categories in Massachusetts.
Developing the next generation of leaders in STEM is all about capturing the imagination of kids early and showing them how much fun hands-on science can be.
During the next 10 years, U.S. industries will demand one million more graduates with STEM backgrounds than the nation’s educational system will generate.
More than 40 percent of all employment in Massachusetts revolves around innovation industries such as clean energy, information technology, defense, and advanced manufacturing.
A college or career school education often means more money, more job options, and more freedom in your life after high school!
The college experience can lead to opportunities that not only benefit the student, but the entire family!
More employers are requiring a college degree for their job openings
Some studies show that college can result in healthier and happier lives!
Recently, communities across the Commonwealth have adopted MyCAP (My Career and Academic Plan) as a process and an instrument to identify, coordinate, and implement the supports necessary for student growth in three domains (personal/social, academic planning, and career development). MyCAP has been shown to increase student engagement, understanding of relevance between classroom learning and postsecondary goals, connection to their school community, and pursuit of opportunities aligned with their postsecondary goals, such as work-based learning and early college. The October 2020 College & Career Month will serve as a mechanism to help students understand the importance of beginning the postsecondary planning process early and engaging their families, counselors, teachers, partners, and mentors in their journey.
MassCore: In Massachusetts, there is a list of courses that students are encouraged to take to ensure that they are ready for college. The recommended program of studies includes: 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 3 years of a lab-based Science, 3 years of history, 2 years of the same foreign language, 1 year of an arts program and 5 additional "core" courses such as business education, health, and/or technology.
9th-11th graders: Begin looking at admission requirements for different colleges you want to apply for. Make sure you have the high school courses you need, figure out what SAT scores and GPAs you will need, as well as what kind of volunteer or work experience will make you a good candidate.
9th-12th graders: Sign up to attend one of the remaining Virtual College Fairs to meet representatives from area colleges and universities
9th-10th graders: Talk with your PIC career specialist and counselor about building your resume in Naviance today! You can keep track of your extra-curricular activities, sports, and more.
There is a college for everyone! Typically, high school students create three lists of schools: target schools (past applicants’ grades, SAT/ACT scores are similar to you), reach schools (that are less likely to admit you than target schools, but are worth trying for), and safety schools (which are more likely to admit you and will serve as a safety net in case your other options don’t work out). Use the resources linked below to help you start exploring your options!