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      College and Career Ready

      In today’s economy, a college education is the gateway to better lifelong opportunities. The US Department of Education noted that 86% of America’s high school students expect to attend college, but many lack the support and guidance they need to prepare for enrollment and success in college.  

    •  It is Prince George’s County Public School’s goal that all students graduate career and/or college ready.  It is through College and Career Readiness Counseling that students will become better prepared to make meaningful post-secondary choices.  
    • What services do school counselors provide to assist students become prepared for college and/or careers? 

      •  All counselors are actively engaged in implementing programs that will introduce career awareness, exploration and preparedness to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    What Does it Mean to be College and Career Ready?  

    College Ready -A College Ready student is an academically prepared student, ready for post-secondary education or training without the need for remedial coursework. Whether you are pursuing a four-year degree or studying for a skilled trade license, being ready means having the reading, writing, mathematics, social, and cognitive skills to qualify for and succeed in the academic program of your choice.

    Career Ready -A Career Ready student possesses both the necessary knowledge and technical skills needed for employment in their desired career field. For example, a student who is ready to become a teacher not only possesses knowledge of education policy, but also possesses all required certifications required to become a teacher.


    Why is it Important for our Students to be College and Career Ready?  

    Students in elementary school are not too young to be exposed to the idea of post-secondary education. Those who get this exposure are more likely to see college as an achievable goal.  The elementary school years are an ideal time to foster students’ enthusiasm about “what they want to be when they grow up,” to encourage excitement about their futures, and to build the foundation for academic success. 

    As a part of our initiative to get students College and Career Ready, the School Counselor will implement the following activities:

    1. Personal Education Plans (PEPs) for 1st and 4th graders.
      • The PEP is an online planning tool for students that begins in elementary school and continues through high school. The plan is developed collaboratively with the student, parent/guardian and School Counselor. Together, they will discuss and record the student’s academic strengths, school classes, interests, post-secondary options, and extracurricular activities. 
    2. College Tours for 5th Grade
    3. College and Career Month 

     What Can Parents Do? 

    Help your child become a reader by reading to your child every day or having him read to you.  When your child is old enough to read independently, expect twenty to thirty minutes of daily reading.  Support your child's reading habit by talking about books, visiting the library, and letting your child see you read, too.

    Help your child get to school on time every day.  Frequent absence or tardiness has a negative impact on learning and achievement.

    Monitor your child's progress in school and keep in contact with his teachers.  Reinforce learning by reviewing math facts and vocabulary words with your child.

    Talk to your child about different careers and the education or training required for various types of jobs.  For example, during a visit to the pediatrician, point out different career opportunities:  doctor, nurse, medical secretary, lab technician.  If possible, take your child to visit your place of employment.

    Cultivate your child's natural curiosity by exploring museums, zoos, airports, planetariums, and battlefields.  The classroom isn't the only place where learning happens.

    Expose your child to the arts.  Locate opportunities for music, dance, art, and theater experiences and lessons. 

    Encourage your child to get involved.  Support participation in community-based activities, such as scouting, 4-H, sports, or church youth groups. 

    Start saving for your child's college education.  Research various savings plans and methods, such as the College Savings Plans of Maryland.


      College-Related Links 

    Learning Styles Test 

    Educational Systems Federal Credit Union