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College & Careers Pathways

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This first video outlines the process to determine whether a high school student's interests and aptitude are better suited to pursuing a college degree or a career. A key element that is highlighted is information for parents and how they can support their student.

It is recommended that the process for students and parents to make these decisions begin in the freshman year of high school.  College and career preparation is definitely the key to a students post high school success.
Four-Year College

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This four-year college video informs students about the types of courses high school students need to take to be eligible for admission to a UC, CSU, or private university.

High schools throughout the Bay Area have Early Academic Outreach Programs (EAOP) with advisors on campus who provide academic support and mentorship when a student's goal is attending a four-year college.
Construction & Building Trades

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Some students like the challenge of working in the building trades and the various crafts within. Advantages in this sector include free or low-cost training, paid apprenticeship opportunities, and employee pension benefits.

College isn't for everyone, and opportunities in the building trades offer great careers, and there are many program opportunities in Contra Costa County and throughout the State of California.
College is Real

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College is Real is a student support program available on the campuses of Richmond, De Anza, and Kennedy high schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

The program identifies motivated students who want to pursue a four-year degree and provides guidance, advising, motivational support, scholarships, and assistance with obtaining additional tuition financing.
Community College

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This video details a variety of advantages for students that start their post high school educational career at a community college. They include affordability, counseling support, a transfer guarantee program, and resources for undocumented students.

Whether you want to transfer to a four-year college, earn a degree, or obtain a certificate, community college's like Contra Costa College provide a sound educational environment, and can help you find a great path to success.
Richmond Promise

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Richmond Promise is a non-profit organization for students in Richmond and North Richmond who attend a public, charter, or private high school for all four years of high school. Richmond Promise's goal is to help students enter and complete college. Resources include tutoring, FAFSA completion assistance, college entrance guidance, registration, and assistance for DREAM Act students.

The program was launched in January 2016, and Richmond Promise is a community-wide college success initiative to build a college graduating culture in Richmond, CA, and was created with the belief that all Richmond students should have the opportunity to develop their skills and reach their full potential, regardless of race, income level, or personal background.
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