1) Who are Education & Career Connections students?
Education & Career Connections is for students who meet the following criteria:
- 16 to 24 years old
- Disengaged from high school, unemployed, or seeking education or career guidance
- With or without a high school diploma
- Willing to make a commitment (15-20 hours per week) to complete GED and Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma requirements
- Interested in completing a paid internship and/or virtual work experience
2) How does the Education & Career Connections program work?
Once enrolled, students will receive academic support in math, reading, science, and social studies. Students will get the option to participate in career and college readiness workshops to earn financial incentives. Weekly meetings with program staff are available to help ensure they stay on track. The support ECC provides includes:
- Daily academic support from GED teachers and Philadelphia Youth Services staff
- Weekly meetings with your Youth Advocate and Career Services Coordinators
- Individualized Service Strategy to map out your goals and provide support
- Participation in workshops to support college and career goals and social-emotional wellbeing
- Taking workshops to prepare you to transition to college, a training program or employment
3) What can I achieve in the program?
ECC students can earn their high school diploma and be connected to free or lowcost training in high demand careers, college, pre-apprenticeships, or employment.
4) How long will it take me to earn my high school diploma?
The exact length of time varies depending on your class attendance and drive to earn your diploma. You can remain in Education & Career Connections until you pass the GED tests and earn a high school diploma. We encourage and assist ECC graduates in continuing their education beyond the program, including developing a follow-up plan to track your continued success.
5) What is expected of me?
- You are expected to attend all your classes daily
- You are expected to come to class on time, be prepared with class materials, and to complete all coursework and homework assignments
- You are expected to spend three to four hours a day on homework outside of class time, and we strongly encourage students who have a job to consider the time demands of the program
- You are expected to adhere to all ECC policies and procedures
6) What is the cost of the program?
There are no out of pocket fees to students.
7) What kind of support can I expect as an Education & Career Connections student?
A Youth Advocate is assigned to students upon enrollment into the program. Youth Advocate provides support and access to resources to help you succeed in the program. They also provide the following services:
- Weekly reviews and academic advising
- Assistance with completing work assignments
- Referrals to resources, such as housing, health services, and childcare services
- Personal counseling and guidance, including assistance with problem solving, time management and stress management
- Assistance with job, training and college applications
- Transportation support